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Stem Cell Researcher Earns Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Highest Honor

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Born in Mexacali, Mexico, Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa first came to the United States at the age of 19 and worked as an undocumented farm laborer and then a fish lard loader before earning a medical degree from Harvard University, graduating cum laude. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Today Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa conducts research on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function. In addition to leading the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, he serves as a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins University and directs its brain tumor surgery and pituitary surgery programs.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa will receive his award during the institute's 35th Anniversary Awards Gala on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C. The event is the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country and is part of CHCI's 35th Anniversary Hispanic Heritage Month events.

"Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa's story of sacrifice, dedication and the success of achieving the American Dream through hard work is a testament to the mission of the CHCI and the entire Latino community," said CHCI's chairman, Rep. Charles Gonzalez. "Great leaders lead by setting an example and Dr. Quinones' life is an inspiration to us all."

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