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Stephen Qualman, MD, Honored with the Distinction of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

COLUMBUS, OH - 10/26/2007

Stephen J. Qualman, MD, retired* chief of Laboratory Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the distinction of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Qualman was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular medicine and genetics, particularly for pathology and molecular biology of pediatric cancer.

This year, 471 members have been awarded Fellow because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. A complete list of this year’s AAAS Fellows is available in the AAAS News & Notes section of the October 26 issue of the journal Science. New Fellows will be honored February 16, 2008 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Qualman, also a retired professor of pathology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, holds the Richard M. and M. Elizabeth Ross Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research. He is a national authority on the pathology of childhood cancer, especially in the diagnostic and molecular pathology of neuroblastomas and rhabdomyosarcomas.

Qualman was an integral part in establishing the Biopathology Center, which is funded by a large number of national grants related to tissue banking and molecular characterization of childhood cancers. As a result, more childhood tumors are banked at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s than any other location in the United States.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering Groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer.

Each Steering Group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS President, and consisting of the members of the Board of Directors, the Retiring Section Chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

*Due to health reasons, Qualman has since retired from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University.

Note to Editor: Qualman is a resident of Worthington, 43235


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