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Erkki Ruoslahti Elected to National Institute of Medicine

LA JOLLA, Calif. , October 14, 2002

Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti
Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor at The Burnham Institute, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The Institute of Medicine announced Dr. Ruoslahti among its newly elected members today in conjunction with the Institute's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent advisory organization to Congress and the government that exists to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health. Individuals honored with election to the IOM are chosen on the basis of their professional achievement.

Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti is known internationally for his research on cancer, in particular, cancer metastasis. He has made seminal discoveries in cancer biology that are relevant to a broad range of cell behaviors, including those involved in heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and angiogenesis. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Ruoslahti is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Other professional honors and recognition include the Gairdner Foundation International Award, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and the Finnish Academy of Sciences.

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