Joan Rankin Shapiro


Human Geneticist, Barrow Neurological Institute

V.P. Research and Development
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dr. Joan Rankin Shapiro is a human geneticist whose initial research was in human birth defects at Rockefeller University. Her cancer career began at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York where she resided for twelve years. In September, 1989, she relocated to the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC), Phoenix, Arizona, as the Director of Neuro-Oncology Research. Her investigations involved the characterization of genetic abnormalities associated with central nervous system malignancies. Since 1979 her grant awards have totaled more than fourteen million dollars. She is among an elite group of scientists that have received National Institutes of Health funding for more than 21 years on a single grant application. Most recently, Dr. Shapiro retired from the laboratory and has assumed the role as V.P. of Research and Development at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. She is the Past-President of the national organization Women in Cancer Research and currently serves on the Executive Board of The Institute for Mental Health Research and is the Chair of the Alzheimer’s Consortium. She retains a strong commitment to community education having developed a high school and undergraduate enrichment program at SJHMC. In conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology, she conducted K-12th grade neuroscience enrichment workshops for physicians and scientists and contributed to an educational column in their newsletter for some five years. She is the Past Chairman of the National Neuroscience Prize for high school students.

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