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Creighton’s Lynch among 11 fellows in cancer research academy

Dr. Henry Lynch has been named a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.Creighton University’s Dr. Henry Lynch has been named a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy for 2016. This prestigious honor recognizes scientists who have established significant advances against cancer. Lynch joins 10 notable scientists to be honored at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 in New Orleans from April 16-20.

While a resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lynch noted cancer patients often had family history of the disease. Although his grant requests to research genetics and cancer were long rejected, he has since held a vital role in the cancer research community. In 1984, Lynch established the Hereditary Cancer Prevention Clinic at Creighton.

Today, the discovery of genes linked to Lynch Syndrome has made it possible to predict with nearly 90 percent accuracy the risk of the disease in patients with direct germ-line mutations.

Lynch is the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. He holds the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider endowed chair in cancer research. He was recently named by the American College of Physicians for a lifetime of teaching and research into hereditary cancer.

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