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Delta State University will host the 20th Anniversary Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium, beginning Wednesday, October 10. The three-day event will feature world-renowned speakers in the fields of medicine, research, and education and will conclude with the Recognition Luncheon keynoted by Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell on Friday, October 12, at noon in the State Room of the H. L. Nowell Union.
The symposium was created by Drs. Robert and Mary Elliott, both Delta State graduates, to introduce Delta State students to doctors and scientists of international stature who can serve as role models. The Elliotts founded the Elliott-Elliott-Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center in Baton Rouge, La., and with the combination of vision and hard work, turned the center into one of the leading privately-owned breast cancer research centers in the world.
Dr. Robert Elliott is the founder, CEO and director of The Elliott-Elliott-Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center
Elliott treats patients from across the United States. He collaborates on research projects with other scientists around the world. Most recently, he has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Norwegian Radium Hospital in Norway, the largest cancer treatment and research facility in Europe, to share research data and collaborate closely in the development of new breast and prostate cancer vaccines and other therapeutic approaches.
Elliott has spoken to medical audiences in the United States and Europe and has authored many papers and abstracts. He wrote Breast Cancer-Anger at the Enemy, which deals with the lack of total breast cancer care available for women.
Trained as a general surgeon, Elliott feels that breast care should be a specialty of itself, with patients being able to receive the highest quality of care from one physician who reads their mammograms, examines them, performs their surgery, and administers their therapies.
To advance this concept and to share his experience with other physicians who specialize in breast care, Elliott founded the American Mastology Association which he currently serves as president. He devotes the majority of his time to the Center and to helping women overcome breast disease.
The Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium is only one of several initiatives to benefit Delta State students through “The Elliott Program of Excellence.” Each year, one or more Delta State students participate in what has become an annual “Research Fellowship Program” with the Elliotts and other members of the staff at The Elliott Mastology Center in Baton Rouge. In addition, the Elliotts have established a scholarship program that provides fully funded scholarships for outstanding Delta State students. Recipients of these prestigious scholarships are honored with the title of “Elliott Scholar.”
Elliott was bestowed an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Delta State during the 2009 spring commencement ceremony.
The 20th Anniversary Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences at 662.846.4240.