Founder: Dr. David F. Hickok
Dr. David F. Hickok (1930-1996), was a surgeon at Abbott Northwestern
Hospital in Minneapolis for 31 years and founder in 1968
of the Hospital's Cancer
Since 1979, Dr. Hickok and Dr. Harris, the laboratory's
co-director, have been studying the mouse mammary tumor virus in the RIII
strain of mice as a model for breast cancer. In addition, since 1986,
the laboratory has been conducting molecular dynamics simulations in
solvent utilizing grants of Cray supercomputer time from the Minnesota
Supercomputer Institute to study the atomic interactions between steroid
hormone receptor proteins and DNA. The findings from this research
have gained the laboratory international recognition. Coupling molecular
models and computer simulations with molecular biology, the David F.
Hickok Cancer Research Laboratory is now a recognized leader in the
new discipline of molecular medicine using computer models to design
and refine laboratory experiments.
Dr. Hickok will be remembered for his genius as a surgeon by the many
patients whose life he extended by his skill. Having seen the ravages
of breast cancer first hand in his surgeries, Dr. Hickok was committed
to cancer research dedicated to understanding and winning the fight
From Dr. Hickok's vision - to better understand breast cancer and its
causes through research - the excellent work that began many years ago
continues in his memory under the scientific direction of Dr. Harris.