University of Vermont

Rincon Delivers University Scholar Lecture on Interleukin-6 and Health

Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D.
University Scholar and Professor of Medicine Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., presented the Inaugural 2012 University Scholar Lecture, titled “Why you should care about Interleukin-6 in your health,” on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

Rincon, who joined the UVM faculty in 1996, is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of cytokine gene regulation and MAP kinases in T lymphocyte function, as well as in the role of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) in a variety of immune functions in diseases, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. The recipient of substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a wide variety of private foundations, Rincon has published 120 articles, many of them in the top journals, such as Science and Immunity. A frequent reviewer for numerous journals, Rincon serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Medicine and Journal of Immunology and editor of the International Journal of Biological Science. She has been appointed to various NIH study sections, and has reviewed projects for the European Research Council and other international funding agencies.

Rincon received a Ph.D. in immunology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, following which she held positions as a postdoctoral fellow and associate research scientist in immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. A mentor of numerous undergraduate, doctoral and medical students, as well as postdoctoral and clinical fellows, Rincon established and continues to direct the UVM Transgenic Mouse facility at UVM, and has periodically taught an intensive graduate level course on “Genetic Manipulation of Mice”. Her many UVM roles include member of the steering committee for the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Vermont Cancer Center, Environmental Pathology Training Program, Vermont Lung Center, and Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, as well as a member of the UVM Women’s Mentoring Program.

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a faculty panel based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.

Refreshments will be served at the lecture.