December 14, 2006

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM Marianne Berwick, M.D., was awarded the 2006 Established Researcher Award of the Society of Melanoma Research this fall at the third annual International Melanoma Research Congress held in Noordwijk, Holland. Berwick received the award in recognition of her 20-year career in melanoma prevention.

Berwick currently is emphasizing her research on the role of sun exposure to melanoma and attempting to determine its counter intuitiveness. The more sun exposure people have prior to contracting melanoma, the higher their survival rate.

The Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) was founded to unify the field by increasing communication among researchers and building bridges of collaboration between basic, translational and clinical investigators.

Berwick received her bachelor's degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her master's and Ph.D. from Yale University. She has been at the University of New Mexico for the past three years and currently is the Professor and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology, as well as the head of Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention.