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Councilwoman Woolridge to honor U of L doctors who helped develop cervical cancer vaccine

Monday August 14, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – It is considered a major breakthrough in fighting cervical cancer. The two doctors responsible for developing a vaccine to fight the disease will be honored by Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 on August 17th.

Woolridge, who is chair of the Health and Human Services committee, will recognize Dr. Alfred Bennett Jenson MD and Shin-je J. Ghim, PhD for their work which began more than ten years ago.

“I stand in awe of these innovative researchers,” says Woolridge. “Their discovery can free all women, including my two granddaughters from the fear of being diagnosed with cervical cancer.”

Both work at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Their work on the vaccine lasted more than 10 years before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June of this year.

“Honoring Dr. Jenson and Dr.Ghim is something I will long remember,” says Woolridge. “As the magnitude of their discovery spreads through out the world, we in Louisville can only wonder what is yet to be discovered through their work.”

The Metro Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers.

Mary Woolridge (D) 3