Nancy E. Davidson ’75 is professor of oncology and Breast Cancer Research Chair in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.
Training and Tenure
From 1982 to 1985, she conducted research at the National Cancer Institute under Dr. Marc Lippman, whose laboratory has been recognized as a leading and innovative center for breast-cancer research.
Davidson has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since 1986. In 1995, the board of trustees named her as the first recipient of the breast-cancer research chair.
Research and Clinical Care
Davidson's clinical focus has been to determine the value of combination chemotherapy/hormonal therapy for younger women with breast cancer and the role of high-dosage chemotherapy with stem-cell rescue.
Her work has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. She is the first woman to receive a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Compassion and Advocacy
A devoted advocate for women's health issues, she has testified before Congress to stress the need for more funding for breast-cancer research and awareness programs.
Davidson and her husband, Thomas Wells Kensler, live in Baltimore with their two children.
"Role of estrogen receptor gene demethylation and DNA methyltransferase-DNA adduct formation in 5-aza-2'-deoxycytinidine-induced cytotoxicity in human breast cancer cells," an article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (1997), by Ferguson A.T., Vertino P.M., Spitzner J.R., Baylin,S.B., Muller M.T., and Davidson, N.E.
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