Elwood V. Jensen

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Elwood V. Jensen
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Elwood Vernon Jensen

(1920-01-13)January 13, 1920
DiedDecember 16, 2012(2012-12-16) (aged 92)
Known forcancer research
AwardsBrinker International Award (2004)
Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (2004)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cincinnati

Elwood Vernon Jensen (January 13, 1920 – December 16, 2012) was the Distinguished University Professor, George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. In 2004 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his research on estrogen receptors. He is considered the father of the field of hormone action.[1]

Jensen was born in Fargo, North Dakota,[2] in the United States, received his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University in 1940 and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1944. From 1947 Jensen studied steroid hormones at Chicago, where he isolated estrogen receptors and discovered their importance in breast cancer.[3]

Jensen worked closely with Nobel laureate Charles Huggins; he joined the research team at the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer (now the Ben May Department of Cancer Research) in 1951 and became director after Huggins retired.[3] Jensen first described the estrogen receptor in 1958 and subsequently discovered the superfamily of nuclear hormone receptors along with a unifying mechanism that regulates embryonic development and diverse metabolic pathways.[1]

He began work at the University of Cincinnati in 2002, and continued there until 2011.[3]

He died aged 92 of pneumonia at Cincinnati in 2012.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b Moore, David (2012). "A Conversation with Elwood Jensen". Annual Review of Physiology. 74 (1–11): 1–11. doi:10.1146/annurev-physiol-020911-153327. PMID 21888507.
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  3. ^ a b c Slotnik, Daniel (26 December 2012). "Elwood v. Jensen, Pioneer in Breast Cancer Treatment, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati professor nominated for Nobel dies - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville". Wtrf.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  5. ^ "Elwood Jensen, PhD, 1920-2012, pioneer in cancer biology research - The University of Chicago Medicine". Uchospitals.edu. 1920-01-13. Retrieved 2012-12-22.

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