Department of Medicine

Clinical Pharmacology

Annual Harry and Edith Gladstein Visiting Professor Lecture

Harry and Edith Gladstein

Harry Gladstein, a native of Sellersburg, Indiana, was born in 1910 and graduated from Indiana University in 1931 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. As a student, he was a manager of the track team and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business honorary, the Board of Aeons, and Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.

Mr. Gladstein had a long and distinguished career in newspaper publishing. He worked as a circulation executive for papers including the Los Angeles Examiner, Chicago Herald Examiner, and Louisville Courier Journal and Times before joining the Washington Post, where he spent much of his career. He held the position of vice president and business manager at the Washington Post at the time of his retirement in 1971. Former Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham noted that his influence was still felt at the paper more than 25 years after his retirement. Gladstein was a member of the board of the United Jewish Appeal, World Affairs Council, United Way of the Desert, the Desert Hospital Foundation and the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation. He served on the Washington Board of Trade and was the recipient of a Bronze Star for his service in World War II.

Recalling Harry Gladstein, Coordinator of Indiana University's Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country Sam Bell said: "Harry was a people person, and it was apparent that he knew everybody and everybody knew him. He had a wonderful sense of humor." We are honored to be able to have this Chair in Cancer Genomics named after him.

Gladstein contributed generously to Indiana University throughout his life, including gifts to the School of Business and for the restoration of the Student Building. In 1993, he established a trust to provide for the IU Track and Field Scholarship Program and to supply discretionary funds for the president of Indiana University. Although Harry and Edith are both deceased, their son Andrew and his wife Marylynn are continuing the family tradition of generosity and commitment to supporting cancer research at Indiana University.

The Gladstein family has pledged $1.2 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine to fund research on the link between cancer and genetics. The gift, named in honor of the parents of Andy Gladstein, enabled the IU School of Medicine to establish the Harry and Edith Gladstein Chair in Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Income generated by investing the gift through the IU Foundation will fund basic research in the understanding and treatment of cancer. "We very much want to help not only cancer patients but those who are at risk for cancer," said Andy Gladstein. "We want to help Indiana University's wonderful doctors and scientists address the disease at a fundamental level in order to find new ways to treat, and perhaps even prevent, cancer. What a source of hope this will be for the millions of people who battle cancer and for the families who support them."

With this chair, and with the outstanding work already being generated by our laboratories and clinics, the Indiana University School of Medicine is strongly positioned in the field of cancer genetics.

The mission of the annual Gladstein lecture is to highlight the dramatic advances made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer by genomic science.


Annual Harry and Edith Gladstein Visiting Professor Lecture

  • 5th Annual Gladstein Professor Lecture
    Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    "The Coming of Age of Personalized Medicine"
    12:00 PM October 24, 2014
    Walther Hall (R3) Auditorium

  • 4th Annual Gladstein Professor Lecture
    Professor Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology
    Deputy Director, Center for Personalized Therapeutics
    The University of Chicago
    "Impact of Pharmacogenetics/Genomics in Patient Care"
    4:00 PM September 4, 2013
    Walther Hall (R3) Auditorium

  • 3rd Annual Gladstein Professor Lecture
    Distinguished Professor
    Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    "Lance Armstrong and the Tour de Cancer"
    11:00AM May 5, 2011
    R3-203 Auditorium

  • 2nd Annual Gladstein Professor Lecture
    President & Scientific Director
    Ontario Cancer Research Institute
    "Genome Variation and Cancer"
    11:00AM May 25, 2010

  • 1st Annual Gladstein Professor Lecture
    Head of Molecular Pathology
    TRANSBIG and Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
    "Molecular Profiles of Breast and Colorectal Cancer in Patient Management"
    11:00AM April 7, 2009
    ROC Lilly Auditorium