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C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D.

Dr. Bairey Merz will receive the inaugural Dr. Carolyn McCue Woman Cardiologist of the Year Award, presented by the Virginia Commonwealth University Pauley Heart Center.

Bairey Merz is director of the Women's Heart Center as well as the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The award honors the memory of Dr. Carolyn McCue, M.D., one of the few female cardiologist of her time who practiced at the VCU medical center.

The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented to Dr. Bairey Merz at a ceremony in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 26.

Terrence Town, Ph.D.

Town, associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was named holder of the Ben Winters Endowed Chair in Regenerative Medicine.

Town's research focuses on molecular genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and pathology and imaging. His work has shown that key immune molecules play central roles in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, encephalitis, stroke and multiple sclerosis.

David S. Boyer, M.D.

Dr. Boyer received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Alumni Association of the Chicago Medical School at the group¿s annual reunion dinner.

Dr. Boyer is an ophthalmologist who practices at Cedars-Sinai. He also is senior partner at Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group, which has offices throughout Southern California. He received his medical degree in 1972.

Zulma Gazit, Ph.D.

Gazit, a research scientist and co-director of the Stem Cell Therapeutics Lab in the Department of Surgery, received a grant of $124,998 from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.

Her goal is to develop biological therapy strategies that would allow for rapid bone formation by using adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (CD105+) along with allograft.

The foundation supports tissue research and has awarded about $20 million in grants since 1987.

Keith L. Black, M.D.

Dr. Black, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, presented information on human tests of a dendritic cell vaccine at the Florida Brain Tumor Association meeting in West Palm Beach on Jan. 17.