Don Coffey: the Man, the Movie
"He is a remarkable man, who first had a dream — he believed he was meant to do cancer research — and then came to Hopkins and made it happen."
You've seen him many times on the pages of Discovery. He's a scientific legend, here at the Brady, throughout Hopkins, and beyond, as the scientists he has trained and inspired begin mentoring their own postdoctoral fellows and students. Now you can see him on the big screen — or someday soon on the little screen, if you want to watch The Donald Coffey Story in the comfort of your own home. (It will be available on our website: urology.jhu.edu)
"Don Coffey is an internationally renowned scientist and also a powerful driving force in the careers of dozens of scientists who are trying to understand cancer," says Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D., the Jakurski Family Professor and Director of Urology. "He ignites the imagination and creativity of people who are asking good scientific questions, and helps them figure out what they need to do to find the answers. In addition, he is a remarkable man, who first had a dream — he believed he was meant to do cancer research — and then came to Hopkins and made it happen. We hope that his life story will be inspiring to new generations of future scientists, and to our patients."
In April 2015, Coffey received the American Association for Cancer Research's highest honor, the Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research. Coffey's "work on the nuclear matrix established a new paradigm for understanding the biology of normal and cancer cells, while his prostate cancer research helped change the face of that deadly disease," said Margaret Foti, M.D., Ph.D., the AACR's chief executive officer. But his impact "extends far beyond his scientific achievements. His outstanding leadership skills, dedication to mentoring young investigators, passionate advocacy for sustained increases in funding for cancer research, and remarkable ability to translate complex scientific concepts into lay language make him an icon in the field and a true champion of cancer research." In accepting the award, Coffey said that it "fulfills my lifetime dream. Sixty years ago, my wife, Eula, and I accepted our joint calling to serve this mission. Johns Hopkins University, the AACR, and hundreds of colleagues, supported by private and public donors, have all made this possible. We thank all of you." Coffey is a former president of the AACR, the largest cancer research society, with 35,000 members from 110 countries.
In other Coffey news from 2015:
At the American Urological Association's yearly meeting, the Coffey-Crain Award was presented by the British Journal of Urology International, and the Society of Basic Urology presented the Coffey lecture. The Prostate Cancer Foundation held its second meeting of the Coffey–Holden Academy in La Jolla, California. Coffey delivered the 16th Biennial "Science Creativity and Human Destiny" lecture at The Johns Hopkins University, and he was invited to provide the very first paper to launch the Asian Journal of Urology.