Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is dedicated to discovering how environmental agents disrupt biological processes and using this knowledge to prevent disease. With Kenneth Olden as director, NIEHS has attracted national and international attention for research contributions on health issues including cancer and birth defects, as well as Alzheimer's disease and asthma.
An expert in tumor biology, Olden was the first to demonstrate that organ-specific metastasis of malignant cells can be prevented by blocking the interaction between fibronectin and the integrin receptor. As a result of his accomplishments, Olden has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of...