J. J.'s website at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
We mentioned at the Café in November that Colorado has the lowest childhood
immunization rate in the country. The reasons for that are complex, but one of the
main ones was Colorado's very low investment in immunization. That's changing:
Governor Owens added $500,000 to the State Health Department's immunization fund, and
the Health Department itself has diverted close to $400,000 to childhood immunization.
J . JOHN COHEN, MD,CM, PhD
Department of Immunology, MailStop B-184
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO 80262, USA
J.J. Cohen was born in Montreal and attended McGill University, obtaining his B.Sc. (Honors, Biochemistry), M.Sc. (Endocrinology), Ph.D. (Immunochemistry), and M.D., C.M. degrees. He did a residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital, followed by postdoctoral fellowships with Henry Claman at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, and Avrion Mitchison at Mill Hill in London. He returned to Colorado as Assistant Professor, and is now Professor of Immunology and Medicine. In 1987-8 he was visiting Professor at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne. He was awarded a number of scholarships and prizes during his training, including the Clemens von Pirquet Award. The students at Colorado have given him the Excellence in Teaching Award every year since 1982 and he has 5 times been selected as Teacher of the Year. In addition to Dean's, Chancellor's, and President's teaching awards, he was in 1992 made a President's Teaching Scholar, the University's highest teaching recognition. He was the ARCS Foundation “Man of the Year” in 1990. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2002 he was given the Alpha Omega Alpha Glaser Award as an outstanding teacher of medicine nationally.
In 1989 he and the Public Relations office at the Health Sciences Center founded the “Mini Med School” for the general public, a concept now being developed in over 70 schools in America, Canada, and Europe. Last fall the Mini Med School had its usual audience in Denver, and by satellite, at ten additional sites around the state of Colorado. For their implementation of this concept he and his PR collaborator, Catlin Carlon, shared the Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Award in 1997, 2001, and 2002. He has served on several NIH study sections and is a member of the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Therapeutics. He is a consultant to NASA, the Arthritis Foundation, the Milheim Foundation, and Alpha Omega Alpha, of which he is an honorary member. Dr. Cohen is in constant demand to teach and lecture on his research around the world, and has held many honorary lectureships. He is consulting editor of The McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. His research group was the first to show that cells have an inherent genetic “suicide program” by which they can be eliminated from the body.