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JULY 17, 2008
  Penn Scientist Selected as One of Seven Rita Allen Foundation Scholars

PHILADELPHIA –Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been recognized as one of seven 2008 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars. Dr. Gitler plans to pursue a project aimed at identifying new treatment strategies for neurofibromatosis, a type of human cancer. Dr. Gitler will receive $300,000 over three years to further his research.

“I am very excited that our work has been recognized by the Rita Allen Foundation,” said Dr. Gitler. “I am truly humbled to be joining this group of scholars.”

Established in 1953, The Rita Allen Foundation is dedicated to advancing medical research. The Scholars program has supported more than eighty scientists over the last thirty years, and many of these scholars have made important advances in their respective fields.

Previous Allen scholars from Penn include Xianxin Hua, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at Penn's Abramson Family Cancer Research Instituteand David A. Tuveson, MD, PhD, now with the Cambridge (UK) Research Institute.


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