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Published on January 01, 2008

Dr. Margaret C. Neville Winner of the 2007 CU Elizabeth Gee Award

Award honors faculty member at University of Colorado Denver

AURORA (Jan. 1, 2008) - Margaret C. (Peggy) Neville, PhD, is the recipient of the 2007 Elizabeth Gee Award. Dr. Neville is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Chief of the Basic Reproductive Science Section at the University of Colorado Denver.

This distinguished award recognizes a University of Colorado faculty member who has contributed significant and original scholarship and/or creative works, has a distinguished record in teaching excellence; a record of advancing women in the academic community; and a record of research, teaching and/or service that pushes the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge and makes connections between disciplines.

The major interest of Dr. Neville's research is the regulation of the development of the normal mammary gland. Currently she is involved in three areas of investigation: The regulation of lipid synthesis in the mammary gland; molecular mechanisms by which progesterone withdrawal activates milk secretion during the transition from pregnancy to lactation; and analysis of the mechanisms by which the gland involutes at the termination of pregnancy. Since the pregnancy-lactation-involution developmental cycle protects against breast cancer, Dr. Neville believes the results of her studies are relevant both to the normal function of the mammary gland and its progression into breast cancer.

Dr. Neville joins a list of distinguished faculty members at the University of Colorado honored with the Gee award. She will be the keynote speaker on February 29, 2008, at the Symposium on Women which is sponsored by the Faculty Council Women's Committee, the CU Faculty Council and by the CU Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.

Begun in 1992, the award is named for Elizabeth Gee, a faculty member in the University of Colorado Denver School of Nursing and the late wife of former CU President Gordon Gee. It carries with it a $1000 prize and the recipient will have an opportunity to present her scholarly work at a research symposium/award ceremony.

The University of Colorado Denver is one of three universities in the University of Colorado system. Located in Denver on the Downtown Campus and at Ninth & Colorado Blvd., and on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., University of Colorado Denver is Colorado's premier research university offering more than 100 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serving more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online.

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