News Release

October 30, 2007

Contact: Christopher DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Media Alert

Dedication of Center for Hematologic Disorders

Health Center Partners with Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The University of Connecticut Health Center is dedicating the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Patterson Auditorium.

Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, a Hartford nonprofit that provides financial support to blood cancer research efforts, last year pledged $1.25 million to establish the center.

The Lea's Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders will be a clinical, translational and basic research center of excellence for patients with benign and malignant blood disorders including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, hemophilia, bleeding disorders, and sickle cell diseases. Its creation will enable the Health Center to recruit and hire a cadre of prominent experts and physician-investigators to lead and build a pre-eminent program of research and clinical care for hematologic disorders in Connecticut, and provide state-of-the-science compassionate care for the residents of Connecticut and southern New England.

The first of these experts already has arrived. Biree Andemariam, M.D., who specializes in hematologic blood disorders and hematologic oncology, joined the UConn Health Center this summer.

To get to the Patterson Auditorium: Entering the campus from Route 4, at the first stop sign, continue straight. Turn right at the fork and continue up the hill. Turn left at the stop sign at the academic entrance. Look for event signs for parking. Directions to the UConn Health Center.

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