Professional awards include the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (2015), the NJ Public Health Association’s (NJPHA) highest award – the Dennis J. Sullivan Award (2012), the NJPHA Dr. Ezra Mundy Hunt Award (2007), the first recipient of the American Lung Association of NJ’s “CAREforAIRnj Award for Community Outreach/Action/Advocacy, the “Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award” from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (2010), the Prostate Net’s “In the Know” National Award (2007), the UMDNJ School of Public Health “Faculty Community Service Award”(2007), and the first of the American Society of Clinical Oncology “Travel Awards” for outstanding work (1985). At NJMS, he was elected to membership in Sigma Xi chapter (1992) and as a Faculty member to the Alpha Omega Alpha [¿O¿] Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter (inducted 2003). For the latter, he has served as an officer as the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer since 2006, and helped to develop its Research Award, the first award of its nature in the US. Dr Stanley H. Weiss graduated from Yale (1974, BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Medical School (1978, MD). He did a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore in the Bronx, and fellowships at the National Cancer Institute in Medical Oncology and in Epidemiology.
Dr. Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan research program has been focusing on the role of retinoic acid receptors and other nuclear receptors in regulating liver health and diseases. The liver is the major retinoic acid target organ.Retinoic acid’s precursor (vitamin A) is stored in the liver, where the highest level of retinol binding protein and receptor (RXR?) is produced. Using the liver-specific RXR?-deficient mouse model that his laboratory has developed, he identified the novel role of retinoid-mediated pathways in lipid, carbohydrate, xenobiotic, and amino acid metabolism and homeostasis in health and various diseased states. In addition, he discovered other novel roles of hepatic RXR? in alcohol detoxification, steatosis, steatohepatitis, inflammation, as well as liver regeneration. These findings unequivocally established the functional significance of hepatic RXR? in regulating liver physiology and pathology.
Cellular and molecular biology of the liver, Liver Cancer, Liver Immunology
Dr SM Wasim Jafri is a Pakistani Gastroenterologist. He fills in as a professor of medicine and head of the gastroenterology section at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He obtained his high school education at the Don Bosco High School, Lahore. His family moved from Lahore to Karachi where he studied at the D. J. Science College. He later Completed his medicine at the Dow Medical College, Karachi and obtained his MBBS degree from the University of Karachi. Dr Jafri received training in general medicine and gastroenterology between 1978 and 1984 from England. He is one of the leading gastroenterologists in his region. He has published more than 70 publications in peer reviewed journals. His main areas of interest are chronic liver diseases from hepatitis B and C. He is the president of Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD).