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Pioneers in Pediatric Leukemia Research Receive Pollin Prize

The second annual Pollin Prize in Pediatric Research was presented by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dec. 19 to four researchers who contributed landmark advances to the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of pediatric cancer.

The Pollin Prize, the sole international award for advances in children's health care, was awarded to (pictured from top left, clockwise): Drs. Donald Pinkel, adjunct professor of biological sciences, California Polytechnic State University, clinical professor of pediatrics, University of Southern California, and professor emeritus, University of Texas; Emil Freireich, professor of medicine and laboratory medicine and director of the Adult Leukemia Research Program, University of Texas; James Holland, Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York; and Emil Frei, physician-in-chief emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

The Pollin Prize in Pediatric Research was established by philanthropists Abe and Irene Pollin and is funded by the Linda and Kenneth Pollin Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in pediatric biomedical or public health research. The prize is administered by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and coordinated by Dr. Rudolph Leibel, professor of pediatrics and medicine at P&S and chairman of the panel that selects the prize recipients.

The prize consists of a $100,000 award to the recipients and a $100,000 fellowship stipend assigned by the recipients to a young investigator working in a related area of research.

Simon and Garfunkel Sing the Praises of the Children's Health Fund

Singing duo Paul Simon, center, and Art Garfunkel, right, have donated $1 million to the Children's Health Fund (CHF), half of which will go to the pediatric prepardness program that CHF runs in collaboration with the Mailman School of Public Health. The other $500,000 will go to CHF's national network of health care programs for medically underserved poor and homeless children. Dr. Irwin Redlener, left, associate dean for public health advocacy and disaster preparedness, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School, and president of the Children's Health Fund, co-founded CHF with Mr. Simon in 1987. The fund's national network of 16 pediatric programs has treated nearly 300,000 children.

Dr. Redlener will also lead a group of experts in a Fred Friendly Seminar, "Reporting on Terrorism: The News Media and Homeland Security." The program, designed for senior news managers, will be held at the School of Journalism, Morningside campus, Jan. 30 and 31. A panel discussion will be based on a hypothetical case featuring public health clinicians and practitioners, law enforcement officials, and journalists. The goal is to develop communication strategies and think critically about what the public needs to know in the event of a bioterrorism attack. The program is a collaboration among the Mailman School, the school's National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.