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News Release

Med school prof earns Bonfils-Stanton Award for science, medicine


Black and white photo of Dr. Henry Claman
Dr. Henry Claman, won a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award.

AURORA, Colo. (May 5, 2009) – Henry Claman, MD, of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine garnered major recognition for his groundbreaking work in immunology this week by winning the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award in Science and Medicine. The annual awards recognize excellence in science and medicine, in the arts and humanities and in community service contributing to the quality of life in Colorado.

Claman, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Immunology in the division of allergy and clinical immunology, won for his scientific and medical research that advanced understanding of the immune system. Claman found that two types of immune cells, T cells from the thymus and B cells from the bone marrow, cooperated to help the body fight infections. This major development changed the field of immunology and became the basis for more research and better patient care.

Claman also directs the medical humanities program at the UC Denver School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly papers and several books, including the medical school’s history.

Joining Claman as this year’s Bonfils-Stanton award recipients are former U.S. Senator and University of Colorado system president Hank Brown, recognized for community service, and Hugh Grant, recognized for work in arts and humanities.

Each award recipient receives $35,000 from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

The School of Medicine faculty work to advance science and improve care as the physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the UC Denver School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies.  The School is part of the University of Colorado Denver, one of three campuses in the University of Colorado system. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver newsroom online.

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Contact:  Jim Spencer, 303.724.5377, cell: 720.346.4242, jim.spencer@ucdenver.edu