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Ver Steegs Endow Research Award

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June 6, 2006

Northwestern University has established the Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow award, the University's first endowed award for excellence in research by a faculty member.

The initial award, a research grant of $30,000, has been made to J. Larry Jameson, Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and chair of the department of medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine, it was announced by Provost Lawrence B. Dumas.

The establishment of this endowed award has been made possible by a generous gift from the Ver Steegs. Clarence Ver Steeg was a faculty member in the department of history from 1950 until 1992, served as dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986, and continues to be widely recognized as a faculty leader in the Northwestern community.

Dumas said, “We are deeply grateful to Dorothy and Clarence Ver Steeg for their vision and continued commitment to Northwestern University, as reflected in their providing the endowment to make possible the Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow award.

At the same time, we are delighted to be able to bestow this award on Dr. Jameson, who is truly a faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to have enhanced the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally.”

The Ver Steeg award is designed “to support the research of a tenured Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally.” A broad academic field will be identified each year as the area from which nominations will be solicited from school deans.

Ver Steeg served as chair of various significant academic planning groups, including planning and construction of the University Library and the First Faculty Committee to plan the future of the University. As dean of The Graduate School, Ver Steeg played an instrumental role in the development of the life sciences at Northwestern. Thus, the University selected that field for this year's focus.

“Jameson epitomizes a modern leader in academic medicine and is a most worthy recipient of this new recognition,” Dumas said. “As a scientist, he has identified the genetic basis of a number of hormonal disorders. As chair of medicine, he has re-engineered resident training and catalyzed dramatic growth of clinical and research programs. As an editor of “Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine,” his expertise in genetics and endocrinology exerts global impact. As a faculty member, he has worked with great effect to bridge biomedical research and planning activities between the Evanston and Chicago campuses.”

Dr. Jameson is internationally recognized for his research, which has defined the genetic basis of more than a dozen different endocrine disorders.

He has a long-standing interest in the genetics of endocrine tumors and possible approaches to their treatment. He has published more than 250 scientific articles including reports in top-ranked journals such as the New England Journal Medicine, Nature Genetics, Science, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation, as well as several specialty journals in endocrinology.

He is widely recognized as the standard bearer for molecular medicine in the field of endocrinology.  He is co-editor of the fourth and the forthcoming fifth editions of the authoritative text, “DeGroot and Jameson's Endocrinology.” His book, “Principles of Molecular Medicine” received the Best Health Science Book of 1998 award. He has served as an editor for the 15th and 16th editions of Harrison's and is an editor of Harrison's Online. Dr. Jameson has trained more than 50 scientists, many of whom have risen to leadership positions in endocrinology.

He served as president of The Endocrine Society, an organization with more than 10,000 members. Dr. Jameson has been the recipient of several awards including the Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society and the Van Meter Award from the American Thyroid Association, and has served as a visiting lecturer at leading institutions around the world. He has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Jameson received his MD and PhD degrees in 1981 from the University of North Carolina before performing clinical training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He rose through the faculty ranks at the Harvard Medical School to become associate professor of medicine and chief of the Thyroid Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to Northwestern in 1993 as chief of the division of endocrinology, metabolism, and molecular medicine. He became chair of the department of medicine in 2000.