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Alumnus Featured on NBC News for Breakthrough Leukemia Treatment

CONWAY, Ark. (June 2, 2014) – Hendrix alumnus Dr. John Byrd was recently featured in this NBC News story for his work with Imbruvica, a new once-a-day pill that may help chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients live longer and healthier lives.

The pill reduced the risk of death by 57 percent, Byrd said in a news conference.

Byrd, a 1987 Hendrix graduate and a 1991 UAMS College of Medicine graduate, is currently the Director of the Division of Hematology and the D. Warren Brown Chair of Leukemia Research at The Ohio State University. This spring, he received the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Dean's Honor Day. 

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit