For immediate release: June 11, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - Two doctors at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were finalists for the 2007 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science. Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, professor of pediatrics and pathology, and Dr. Abbey B. Berenson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, were two of seven finalists out of 51 nominations. The Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science recognizes a woman scientist of national reputation who, according to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, "has a stellar record of research accomplishments and is known for her mentorship of other women in science." The 51 candidates were first reviewed by the internal committee of Vanderbilt University faculty, who narrowed the field to seven "highly accomplished women investigators." The winner of the Vanderbilt Prize was then chosen by a committee of nationally renowned researchers. This year's award winner was Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., professor of biology and physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. "This prize is highly competitive and being a finalist is an honor," said Chonmaitree. Berenson agreed, "I am very much honored to have been nominated for this award and to have been selected as a finalist." The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144 www.utmb.edu