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February 26, 2003

Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, Named Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) - Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, has been named Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Prior to his appointment at Penn, Dr. Dalmau held faculty positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University Medical College, and University Autonoma of Barcelona in Spain. After earning his MD and PhD, with honors, from the Autonoma University of Barcelona School of Medicine, Dr. Dalmau completed a Residency in Neurology at the University Hospital de la Sta. Cruz y San Pablo, also in Spain, and fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York.

Dr. Dalmau and his wife, Dr. Myrna Rosenfeld, were recruited to Penn to develop the Division of Neuro-Oncology to care for patients with malignant brain tumors and patients with systemic cancer with develop neurologic problems. They work closely with the Departments of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology and will be holding clinical trials to test novel therapies for malignant brain tumors. The Division of Neuro-Oncology will offer clinical and research fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology. To compliment their clinical activities, Dr. Dalmau directs a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported research lab that studies neurologic autoimmune disorders that occur in patients with cancer called paraneoplastic neurologic diseases.

Among his many professional medical affiliations, he is an active member of the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, and the Society of Neuro-oncology. In addition to funding by the NIH, he has received several grants and awards including the Charles A. Dana Neuroscience Research Program Award and a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Dalmau has contributed to many medical textbooks and has had his research published in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Brain Pathology, Annals of Neurology, Brain, and Cell.

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