Noted Cancer Researcher to Present Harrington Lecture, Receive Honorary Degree

By Lois Baker

Release Date: April 30, 1997 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Internationally known cancer researcher James F. Holland, M.D. will deliver the Harrington Lecture on "The Search for HMTV, Human Mammary Tumor Virus," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A reception honoring Holland, CUNY Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Neoplastic Diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will be held prior to the lecture in the Lippschutz Room of the Biomedical Education Building on the South Campus.

Holland will receive an honorary degree from the State University of New York during commencement ceremonies to be held by the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Holland, a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, spent a year at the National Cancer Institute before coming to UB and Roswell Park Memorial Institute in 1954. He was named chief of medicine at Roswell in 1956, serving until 1973. During much of that time, he also served as director of Roswell's Cancer Clinical Research Center and rose in the academic ranks at UB from assistant professor of medicine to research professor of medicine.

In 1972, Holland received the prestigious Lasker Award for his work in cancer chemotherapy. He spent the following year conducting and coordinating cancer research in the Soviet Union with a team of researchers sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

He returned to the U.S. to accept the position of professor and chief of the Division of Neoplastic Diseases at CUNY's Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 1982, he was awarded the endowed Jane B. and Jack R. Aron Professorship of Neoplastic Diseases. He was named distinguished professor in 1993.