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Nina A. Paleologos, M.D., and Curt M. Horvath, Ph.D. Endowed with Chairs

6/13/2008 –  Nina A. Paleologos, MD, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Associate Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, was endowed with the Stanley C. Golder Chair of Neuroscience Research on June 4, 2008.

 Under her leadership, the Neuro-Oncology Program at NorthShore has earned a national reputation in providing excellent patient care, advancing medical education, conducting clinical trials to provide patients with the best treatments available and offering invaluable support programs for patients, caregivers and family members.

Dr. Paleologos recently was honored with the 2008 Tim Gullikson Spirit Award, presented each year by the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation to a patient, caregiver, volunteer, corporation or benefactor who has shown extraordinary and unique courage, resourcefulness and ingenuity in battling brain tumors – and in doing so, has given hope to others.

 Curt M. Horvath, PhD, was awarded the Jean Ruggles Romoser Chair of Cancer Research, also on June 4. A Senior Scientist at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology at Northwestern University, Dr. Horvath’s work involves studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, among others. The goal of his research is to learn fundamental mechanics of genetic control, which will lead to improved therapies and strategies for treating cancer, and to understand viral infections and the body’s immune system response.  Dr. Horvath has won numerous awards and honors, including the Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society in recognition of scientific excellence in the investigation of cancer biology.

“These investitures are a celebration of two types of commitment – that of the physicians and scientists whose talent and leadership we recognize, and that of donors, who through their philanthropic generosity have made it possible to advance their work,” said Colleen D. Mitchell, NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation President. “Drs. Paleologos and Horvath are some of our finest who, through their talent and leadership, provide both meaning and purpose in their work by giving hope to our patients. Being named to endowed chairs informs others of the tremendous advancements they are making in cancer and neuroscience research, and these honors also underscore the importance of excellence and leadership taking place at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.”

NorthShore Foundation raises philanthropic resources to support NorthShore University HealthSystem's delivery of clinical care, academic medical education and innovative research. Through the Foundation’s $150 million Campaign, NorthShore has been able to create 14 new endowed chairs in areas as diverse as perinatal research, outcomes research and anesthesiology. These chairs provide physicians and scientists the time and resources they need to find answers to some of the most perplexing medical issues that affect patients and families worldwide.