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June 9, 2002
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Chumpon Wilasrusmee, MD, receives two awards of excellence

Syracuse resident Chumpon Wilasrusmee, M.D., a fellow in the transplant division of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, working under the direction of Dilip Kittur, M.D., chief of transplant surgery, has received two awards of excellence for his research initiatives in the area of organ transplantation.

Wilasrusmee earned a Young Investigator Award at the 2002 American Transplant Congress (ATC), held in April in Washington, D.C. He was cited for his promising research into the effects of immunosuppressive drugs on endothelial cells (cells found in blood). Immunosuppressive drugs are used to prevent the body from rejecting a transplant.

The ATC is the Third Joint American Transplant meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation.

The same research study also earned for Wilasrusmee the Best Basic Science award at the 2002 Transplant Fellows Conference, sponsored by Sangstat Medical Corp. Wilasrusmee presented his study, as well as another dealing with the physiological effects certain drugs have on the human body during transplantation, in abstract format. His abstracts were two of less than 30 selected from more than 200 submitted throughout the United States and abroad to be included in the conference.

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