News Release

May 15, 2009

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Researcher Inducted into Prestigious Medical Honor Society

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Woodbridge, associate professor of medicine and immunology, has been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. The ASCI is one of the nation's oldest and most respected medical honor societies. It comprises more than 2,800 physician-scientists from all medical specialties elected to the Society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research.

The ASCI represents active physician-scientists who are at the bedside, at the research bench, and at the blackboard. Membership to the ASCI is by election only and is considered an extraordinary honor in academic medicine and industry. Each year, ASCI members nominate those they feel have had significant accomplishments at a relatively early age, 45 or younger, and reflects accomplishments by its members early in their careers.

Li’s research team has made seminal contributions to understanding the immunological properties of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in cancer immunotherapy and immune tolerance.  His work has broad implications in understanding how the immune system operates physiologically and how it might be harnessed for the prevention and treatment of human diseases.

Caption: Dr. Zihai Li, associate professor of medicine and immunology at the UConn Health Center, has been inducted into the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the oldest and most respected medical honor societies.

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