FRANCES K. CONLEY
Professor of neurosurgery,
Stanford University School of Medicine, California, and
Chief of the section of neurosurgery,
Palo Alto VA Medical Center, California
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Frances Conley holds the distinction of being the first female, tenured full professor of neurosurgery in the United States. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, she is also a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Conley's research has focused on immunotherapies for brain tumors. She has devised a method for using the body's own defense system to combat neoplastic growth in the brain. Recently turning her attention to AIDS-related illnesses, she developed novel applications of immunohistochemistry to demonstrate toxoplasma in people with AIDS. A parasitic infection of the nervous system, toxoplasma...