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Helen Tredway Graham Papers
- 1898-1971 (Creation)
13.50 Linear Feet
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Helen Tredway Graham (July 21, 1890 - April 4, 1971) graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1911 and received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr in 1912. She studied for a year at the University of Gottingen, Germany and later earned her PhD at the University of Chicago while working with the renowned organic chemist Julius Stieglitz. In 1916, she married Evarts Graham, who was appointed Head of the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Helen took a job in the Pharmacology Department where she remained for the rest of her career. She was appointed Assistant Professor in 1931, Associate Professor in 1937, and Professor in 1954. She was a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Physiological Society, and the Histamine Club.
For most of Graham's career, her work concerned the physiology and pharmacology of the peripheral nerve. Graham collaborated with many respected researchers including Herbert Gasser, Lorente de No, Francis Schmitt, and James O'Leary. Later in her career, Graham dedicated her research to the field of histamine. She independently discovered the histamine storage function of mast cells and blood basophiles, and she developed highly sensitive methods for measuring histamine in body fluids. Shortly before her death at age 80, Graham successfully applied for a renewal of NIH grant to continue her work in histamine.
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