Dr. Kimberly Leslie, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine who has been nationally recognized for her research on the endometrial response to steroid stimulation, is the first recipient of an award from the Irvin Gift Fund.
The fund was established in May by Dean and Alice Irvin, long time philanthropists to the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, to support new cancer researchers at the center who have made significant contributions to the scientific community.
Leslie, also division chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UNM Hospitals, received $5,000 from the fund.
By coincidence, the Irvins have been friends of Leslie's family for many years.
"This is a beautiful tie, a family tie," said Dean Irvin. "Shirley, (Leslie's mother) Alice and I have been involved together in philanthropy in our community. We are just delighted to be able to contribute to such important work, to be able to give to the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, and to also have such a wonderful friend be involved."
Said Leslie: "Having just returned to my hometown of Albuquerque from the University of Colorado, I find that the kind people in our community have made me feel so welcomed. It is gratifying that the first individuals who have provided support for my programs are also close family friends."
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