M. Judah Folkman Papers Open to Research

By , August 7, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the opening of the M. Judah Folkman papers, 1907-2012 (inclusive), 1950-2006 (bulk). Folkman (1933-2008) was the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, as well as Surgeon-in-Chief (1967-1981), Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory (1981-2003), and Director of the Vascular Biology Program (2003-2008) at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Folkman’s research focused on angiogenesis, angiogenesis inhibitors, and antiangiogenesis therapy for the treatment of cancer, a method by which certain factors can be used to shut down abnormal blood vessel growth. Folkman’s laboratory developed angiostatin and endostatin, two antiangiogenic factors that were used in cancer clinical trials.

The papers are the product of Folkman’s publishing, research, and professional activities throughout the course of his career. The Folkman papers include research records from his heart block, pacemaker, silicone rubber, and angiogenesis research, his professional writings, teaching records, administrative records, lectures, personal correspondence, appointment books, and photographs.

The finding aid for the Folkman papers can be found here.

For information regarding access to this collection, please contact the Public Services staff.

Processing of the M. Judah Folkman Papers was made possible through the generous financial support of Paula Folkman.

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