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Former MD Anderson president John Mendelsohn dead

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

John Mendelsohn, a in the arena of treatment and a strong advocate of traditional Indian medicine system Yoga, died here on Tuesday. He was 82.

Mendelsohn, who was the of prestigious Texas Centre, was diagnosed of 15 months ago and succumbed to the at his home on Tuesday, a statement from the hospital officials said.

Known to be close to the Indian-Americans, Mendelsohn was a pioneer in embracing alternative medicines and

His vision helped make a household name across the US and worldwide.

"Dr Mendelsohn vision helped make a household name across the US and world wide. The that he started has helped so many patients at It was so successful that other institutions such as and started research on alternative medicines. was the first to receive a USD 5 million yoga research grant," Durga Agrawal, of of Greater and a close friend of Mendelsohn, said.

A molecular biologist, Mendelsohn also conducted some of the earliest research in targeted therapy, a type of treatment that more precisely identifies and attacks cancer cells, the Chronicle reported.

Mendelsohn demonstrated how growth factors regulate the proliferation of cancer cells through a process that activates receptors on the cell surfaces.

His work was the basis of personalised medicine, in which treatment is tailored to the individual patient.

Mendelsohn's work was also a precursor to that of MD Anderson's Jim Allison, who recently won the Nobel Prize for his cancer research.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 11:00 IST