News and Commentary from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR.ORG)

June 2014

Robert Roskoski Jr. attended the 50th reunion of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. During reunion weekend his Ph.D. advisor, Donald F. Steiner M.D. received the Alumni Medal bestowed by the University of Chicago, the highest award that the University grants. To see reunion and award photos, click here. To see photos of several of the faculty of the University of Chicago School of Medicine circa 1964, click here.

January 2014

Robert Roskoski Jr. joined the Editorial Board of Pharmacological Research. Click here to see a complete list of Board members. 

October 2013

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research was featured in an article by Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald on the effect of the US Government shutdown on NIH funding. Although it is not included in the article, I pointed out the the NIH budget suffered a 5% cut as the result of the sequester, and this so far has had a much more adverse effect on the flow of research dollars than the shutdown. The article also points out the importance of NIH PubMed web site that posts the titles and content of biomedical research papers; PubMed is relied upon by investigators, both basic and clinical, as well as clinicians involved in patient care. Click here to access the article.

September 2013

I attended a comprehensive board review in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Center in Houston, Texas from 23-28 September 2013. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research continues to study and evaluate targeted protein kinase inhibitors used in cancer therapy.

August 2013

I attended the 4th Annual Retreat and the 65th Anniversary of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. Click here to see photos of the participants. 

May 2013

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is a supporter of the Brevard Music Center, which is located in Brevard, NC.

April 2013

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is a backer of the Flat Rock Playhouse, which is located in Flat Rock, NC.

March 2013

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 seventh anniversary. 

December 2012

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.

December 2012

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. 

August 2012

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. 

July 2012

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

April 2012

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is a backer of the Flat Rock Playhouse, which is located in Flat Rock, NC. 

March 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. To see the article, click here.

March 2012

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. 

October 2011

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

September  2011

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).

June 2011

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.  

May 2011

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. 

April 2011

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

March 2011

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. 

December 2010

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

October 2010

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. 

September 2010

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.

June  2010

Robert Roskoski Jr. resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A web site promotes Hendersonville as the most friendly city in America.

March 2010

3. Donald F. Steiner, MD, the A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Manpei Suzuki Diabetes Prize for 2009. The prize is the largest for diabetes research. It honors “those who have enlightened researchers in the field of diabetes around the world with their original and excellent scientific achievements.” It includes a certificate of honor, a Japanese objet d’art and $150,000. Steiner, a 1956 graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, received the prize and presented a commemorative lecture at the award ceremony on 2 March 2010. In 1965, Steiner described how insulin is made from proinsulin, the first “pro-hormone”. He showed that insulin was produced as a single chain that was then cleaved to release the two-chain insulin molecule and a new peptide, the C-peptide. He also characterized the proinsulin processing pathway in the β-cells of the islets of Langerhans. As the first prohormone, it launched inquiry into how secretory proteins are manufactured and processed in cells. It was also a key finding for the manufacture of synthetic human insulin used therapeutically today. Donald Steiner, whose photo is shown on the left, served as a mentor for many graduate students including Robert Roskoski Jr. 

December 2009

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. Jack W. Szostak (Harvard Medical School), who studied the biology of telomeres, was the third recipient of this year's prize. Thomas A. Steitz (Yale University) and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge England) were two of the three recipients of the Chemistry prize. Elizabeth Blackburn is shown in the photo on the left taken at an American Association for Cancer Research conference on 11 October 2009.

The following photos show some of the 2009 laureates at the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December 2009.  

July 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

June 2009

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.

May 2009

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.

March  2009

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. 

1989―Joan A. Steitz 1997―Ulrich Hartl 2005―Christopher T. Walsh
1991―Wayne A. Hendrickson 1999―Stephen W. Fesik 2007―Ronald M. Evans
1993―Helmut Beinert 2001―Heidi Hamm 2009―Douglas Rees
1995―James E. Rothman 2003―Roderick MacKinnon 2011―Arthur E. Johnson

February 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. 

September 2008

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. 

 

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  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

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