Radioactivity in the Service of Man


Radioactivity in the Service of Man


Rosalyn Yalow


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1980-81).

Dr. Yalow was born in New York City and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She became assistant professor of physics at Hunter College and physicist and assistant chief of the Radioisotope and Nuclear Medicine Service at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Bronx, New York. She has been chief of the Nuclear Medicine Service at the Veterans Hospital, director of the Solomon A. Berson Research Laboratory, professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor-at-Large at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is now senior medical investigator for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Clinical Services at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center. Among other honors, she has received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Rosalyn S. Yalow Research and Development A ward of the American Diabetes Association, the Gratum Genus Humanum Gold Medal of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, and the 1977 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine.

Dr. Yalow has been a pioneer of radioimmunoassay(RIA) in medical research and diagnosis. RIA is a technique that uses such materials as radioiodine to investigate biological process. It was introduced a quarter of a century ago in experiments to trace the circulation of insulin in diabetes patients. Subsequently the technique has been used to observe fluctuations in hormone levels of patient and r arch subjects in a variety of different areas significant to medical and biological science. RIA has been particularly important in the field of public health, where it has been used to diagnose hypothyroidism and to reduce the incidence of hepatitis contracted through blood transfusions. Dr. Yalow will speak on "Radioactivity in the Service of Man" and will deal particularly with the future of nuclear medicine.



Creation Date

April 11, 1981

Radioactivity in the Service of Man