News and Commentary from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR.ORG)
Josh Barbanel of the Wall Street Journal used the November 2012 Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research data in his article "Medical Schools Jockey for Research Space." To access this article about New York City Medical Schools, click here.
As noted by the Chronicle of Higher Education in the March 2012 news, some institutions use the Blue Ridge Rankings to tout the achievements of their medical school. These include the University of Miami and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
I was asked to tour the University of North Carolina at Ashville on 23 August as the guest of Dean Keith E. Krumpe and Sophia Ungert. I was amazed on nature of the class Biology Laboratories taken by freshman and sophomore undergraduate students. Among other things, they prepared mutant G-proteins using the most modern techniques. This reminded my of one of Francis Crick's aphorisms: it takes only 10 years to go from the work of a Nobel Prize to a Master's Thesis project. I extend this somewhat by stating that it takes only 15 years to go from the work of a Nobel Prize to an undergraduate class laboratory exercise.
The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research was closed for summer travels. These travels included a visit to the Bangkok (Thailand) School of Nursing, the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (Bejing, China), and the Organization of Spanish Medical Colleges (Madrid, Spain). Visiting the Pantheon in Paris, where Pierre and Marie Curie and Pierre Eugène Marcelin Berthalot are interred, was one of the highpoints of these summer travels. The Curies are known for their pioneering work on radioactivity (a term they coined) and Berthalot is considered to be the father of chemistry. For a look at our itinerary and numerous photos, click here.
The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is a backer of the Flat Rock Playhouse, which is located in Flat Rock, NC.
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. To see the article, click here.
WCQS and WYQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio Stations that make up the Mountain Air Network, featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research on 24 March 2012, our sixth anniversary.
ASBMB Today, the monthly news magazine of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published an obituary of Dr. Jack D. Herbert in their September 2011 issue. Dr. Herbert was one of the founding Directors of the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. For a look at the article, click here or here.
Robert Roskoski Jr. attended the second Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research in San Francisco, CA. The meeting, which was held on 14-18 September, was sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
Dr. Jack D. Herbert, a founding director of the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, passed away quietly on 21 June 2011 after a long illness.
Robert Roskoski Jr. attended the 6th Protein Kinases in Drug Discovery conference in Boston, MA. The meeting, which was held on 26-27 May, was sponsored by GTCbio.
Robert Roskoski Jr. attended the meeting "Science in the Mountains 2011" near Asheville, NC on April 18-19. This meeting was sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
WCQS and WYQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio Stations that make up the Mountain Air Network, featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research on 24 March 2011, our fifth anniversary.
The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is an affiliate of Research!America and was featured in their "Members Take Action" section in the December 2010 newsletter. To Download the Newsletter, click here. To see a list of the other affiliates and supporters, click here. We are also a member of North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research. To see a list of other members, click here.
The paper entitled "ErbB/HER receptor protein-tyrosine kinases and cancer" was ranked 13th in Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications ((BBRC) downloads for the academic year from October 2009-September 2010. To see the complete rankings, click here. The paper can be downloaded by clicking Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 319 (2004) 1-11. To see other papers from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research that are among those most often accessed from BBRC or from Critical Reviews of Hematology/Oncology, click here.
The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research was one of the sponsors of the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association held in Chapel Hill, NC from 13-15 October 2010. We are also a frequent patron of the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
WCQS and WYQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio Stations that make up the Mountain Air Network, featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research on 13 September 2010. The Mountain Air Network featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research on 14 October 2008 and again on 14 September 2009. We are pleased to have this support and recognition.
Robert Roskoski Jr. resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A web site promotes Hendersonville as the most friendly city in America.
3. Donald F. Steiner, MD, the A.N. Pritzker
Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry
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4. As was predicted on these pages in September (2009), Elizabeth H. Blackburn (UCSF) and Carol W. Greider (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), the discoverers of telomerase (the enzyme that is essential for the duplication of the ends of chromosomes, or telomeres), received the Nobel Prize for their work.
The following photos show some of the 2009 laureates at the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December 2009.
The paper entitled "The biosynthesis of N-arachidonoyl dopamine (NADA), a putative endocannabinoid and endovanilloid, via conjugation of arachidonic acid with dopamine" was published in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. This research represents an international collaboration involving five institutions. We note with regret that one of the senior investigators in this study, Dr. J. Michael Walker, died as a result of congestive heart failure on 5 January 2008. He was only 57 years of age. You can access this paper by clicking here.
Robert Roskoski Jr. attended a meeting of the University of Chicago School of Medicine Class of 1964 on 5 June 2009. For a look at some of the photos, click here.
Robert Roskoski Jr. attended a symposium near the NIH in Bethesda in honor of Earl R. Stadtman on 29 April 2009. Dr. Stadtman received his PhD under the tutelage of HA Barker at the University of California at Berkeley and was a postdoctoral associate of Dr. Fritz Lipmann at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Click here for a view of the program and links to additional information on Dr. Stadtman.
The following paragraph describes the establishment of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Fritz Lipmann Lectureship in 1987-1988. The paragraph was taken from "The ASBMB Centennial History" by Ralph A. Bradshaw, Charles C. Hancock, and Nicole Kresge (ISBN 1-893571-09-2) published in 2009.
Hendersonville, NC was named among the top 10 small towns in the South in the January 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine. Click here for a look at the first page of the article.
Robert Roskoski Jr. was featured in the People Section of the 15 September 2008 issue of C&E (Chemical and Engineering) News. Click here for a look at this section.
Important questions in research posed by two investigators.
What is the mechanism? – Fritz Lipmann
What is the evidence? or Vot iss de effidence? A.J. Carlson
Updated 13 December 2012
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