Community - Northwestern University Professorship

Supporting Education And Breakthrough Research At Northwestern University

The Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology and Toxicology at Northwestern University was established in 1995 in honor of its late Chairman of the Board, Mr. Joseph L. Mayberry.

The purpose of this Endowed Chair at this internationally recognized institution is to expand the knowledge of human physiology and of the effects of natural and synthetic chemicals on humans. It is hoped that by encouraging research and by developing better scientific methods to assess the risks and benefits of chemical products, there will be advances in both medicine and in understanding of human physiology.

The establishment of this professorship in the name of Joseph L. Mayberry is appropriate and consistent with his and his family’s commitment to the dry-cleaning industry and all those who work in it and are served by it, and consistent with a belief in informed and responsible use of chemical products.

Mayberry first recognized and organized the drycleaning industry’s response to unjustified regulation of the industry in the mid 1970’s. At the same time as being opposed to regulation based on inadequate or inaccurate scientific data, Mayberry loved the natural world and is remembered as saying time and time again that: ‘We all must preserve the environment for our children and grandchildren.’"

Current Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology
Dr. Kathleen Green is the Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology and Dermatology and is the Associate Chair of Research and Graduate Education in Pathology at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. Green's past work facilitated the discovery of a new gene family, now called the "plakin" family."

Her current research is directed toward understanding the role of “intercellular adhesive junctions,” the cellar "skeletal structures” and basic molecular workings of cells, particularly skin cells. This research contributes to our understanding of all cellular changes including : changes that occur from birth to adulthood, how wounds heal, and the mechanisms of cancer cells . By understanding the molecular structure of cells, particularly skin cells, it is hoped that research may find better ways to treat injuries, cancer, skin disorders and related forms of heart disease.

Past Recipients
Dr. Ryoichi Oyasu was selected by the medical faculty of Northwestern to be the first recipient of the Joseph L. Mayberry Professorship. A highly acclaimed medical researcher and an attending pathologist at Northwestern Memorial hospital as well as at the Veterans Administration Lakeside Medical Center, he has published more than 120 scientific research papers and authored or co-authored four books. During his tenure as the Mayberry Professor of Pathology, Dr Ryoichi Oyasu’s research was primarily on bladder and prostrate cancer mechanisms and their impact on potential treatments.