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UC Irvine Medical Center building renaming honors hematologist

Pioneering medical scientist and his wife are longtime university supporters

Irvine, Calif., April 10, 2007

The University of California, Irvine will rename a research building on the UC Irvine Medical Center campus to honor one of its former clinical instructors, Dr. Edward Shanbrom, and his wife, Helen.

Building 55, which houses the Edward Shanbrom, M.D. Laboratory for the Study of Blood and Natural Products, will be renamed “Edward Shanbrom M.D. Hall” to recognize the Shanbroms for their support of UC Irvine as well as honor Shanbrom for his pioneering research on hemophilia and the use of products to clean transfused blood. Shanbrom was one of the inventors who developed the first clinical treatment for hemophilia 35 years ago.

The couple, who were honored in 2006 with the university’s highest honor, the Medal, are longtime financial supporters of UC Irvine.

“The generous support of Edward and Helen Shanbrom is helping us make great strides forward in ensuring the safety of blood products and developing new and better uses for them,” said Dr. David Bailey, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Shanbrom was Orange County’s first oncologist and, until recently, worked in the laboratory named for him at the medical center and in his home laboratory, where his wife, Helen, served as his business manager. He continues to consult with members of the laboratory on a regular basis.

Shanbrom’s most recent studies focused on looking at the uses of iodine as a cost-effective cleansing agent for donated blood and at how extracts from juices, wine and other natural products may help prevent infection.

“I have spent a lifetime researching blood’s therapeutic value and making it safe,” Shanbrom said. “Helen and I hope that our support increases the ability of UC Irvine’s faculty to isolate and purify blood and blood derivatives for increased therapeutic value, because truly lifesaving therapeutic agents come from blood.”

Edward Shanbrom has received awards from the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Medical Examiners, National Hemophilia Foundation, University of Buffalo, Arts Orange County and an honorary doctorate from Allegheny College. He has been a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Hematology.

Shanbrom received his medical degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine (now SUNY-Buffalo). Following his fellowship at Yale University, he served as a physician, specializing in hematology, at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.; Orange County General Hospital (now UC Irvine Medical Center); and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. He is also a former clinical assistant professor of medicine at UCLA.

The Shanbroms have supported numerous areas on campus, including the Health Science Partners, Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dean’s Council and Friends of the Library, where Helen Shanbrom is a founding member. In memory of one of their sons, the Shanbroms created a fellowship in transportation studies and a music scholarship at UC Irvine. The David Lee Shanbrom Memorial Award is given to individuals with meritorious involvement in the promotion of heavy truck safety.

The Shanbroms are philanthropists elsewhere in the community, having contributed to the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Orange County Philharmonic Society, Pacific Chorale and the Pacific Symphony Association. Edward Shanbrom is a former board member of Opera Pacific, and Helen Shanbrom is a former board member of the Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways Survivors Network and sits on the board of the CRASH Foundation. She is also a past recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award from the 35th State Senate District.

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