Jun Yan, MD. PhD, received the 2021-2022 Outstanding Research in Basic and Applied Sciences Award from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Yan is Director of the Division of Immunotherapy and Professor of Surgery as well as Microbiology and Immunology. Under his leadership, the Division of Immunotherapy is leading the way to improve our understanding of the role of the immune system in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The Division’s team of researchers is engaged in pioneering research designed to trigger our bodies’ own immune system to fight disease. The Division works closely with investigators from the Brown Cancer Center, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and indeed with an interdisciplinary group of collaborators across multiple schools and departments at UofL (e.g., engineering, mathematics, etc.).
Dr. Yan recently led a team of researchers in the discovery of an important biomarker that predicts a crisis in COVID-19 patients that could lead to death. To provide additional clinical options for physicians in addressing these crises, Yan is now working with other researchers at UofL to test potential therapies.
A prolific basic and applied sciences researcher, Dr. Yan is the principal investigator on three active NIH grants and also serves as Co-PI or co-I on other NIH or private foundation grants. He directs the Center for Cancer Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy CoBRE grant, and in 2020 alone he served on four NIH review panels including NCI SPORE grant review. Dr. Yan is a frequent high-impact factor journal referee, including Science, Nature Immunology, and Nature Communications—he frequently publishes his work in these premier, top-tier journals as well. He serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Translational Oncology. Finally, he has six patent applications, one of which is licensed by a pharmaceutical company. He is considered by many of his peers to be one of the very best scientists at the University of Louisville.
Gordon R. Tobin, II, MD, received the 2021-2022 Distinguished Service to the Profession Award from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Tobin has shown an exceptional effort to his profession in medicine locally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Tobin consistently sets an example for his peers through medical excellence and humanistic leadership. This is reflected by his lifelong effort to improve: (1) medical care and medical education for impoverished Third-World countries, (2) human values through community and university programs, and (3) access to medical care in the U.S. for our uninsured Americans.
In each of these arenas, his principal activities have occurred through programs designed to both provide care and simultaneously educate healthcare workers here and abroad in the skills necessary for care delivery on an ongoing basis. Much of this has been centered on the care of burns, which is exceptionally primitive in Third- World societies and disproportionally affects children and women. The key concepts come from experience in our own UofL Department of Surgery Burn Unit, with modifications to allow applications in Third-World settings.
Dr. Tobin consistently shows respect and demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients both locally and around the globe.