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John Carpenter and Joshua Wand Join Redstorm SAB; Venter Foundation s Reid Adler Named to NTTC Board; Eric Lander Gets Award; and Others

NEW YORK, March 5 -- John Carpenter, the co-founder of the University of Colorado's center for pharmaceutical biotechnology, and Joshua Wand, chair of the University of Pennsylvania's graduate group in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, have been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Houston-based proteomic informatics company RedStorm Scientific, the company said today.


Carpenter, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Colorado, conducts research to identify mechanisms for protein degradation and stabilization in pharmaceutical formulas and delivery systems, as well as in human disease.


Wand studies relatisonships between protein structural dynamics, static structure, and function; and has developed new NMR methodologies.



Reid Adler, general counsel to the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, has been elected to the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) Advisory Board, the center announced today.


Adler will serve a three-year term on the board of the Wheeling, WV-based NTTC, which was established by Congress in 1989.


In his current position, Adler serves as chief legal and risk management officer for the Institute for Genomic Research, the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives and the Center for Advancement of

Genomics. Previously, he has been a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, DC, as well as in the Washington, DCoffice of Morrison & Foerster, and has been director of the NIH Office of Technology Transfer.



Ralph Snyderman, president of the Duke University Health System and the leader in the development of genomic-based predictive medicine research at the university, plans to step down in June 2004 to return to academia, the unversity reported March 4.


Snyderman told a university newspaper he would still be committed to forging ahead with new prevention-oriented models of health care, and to help with development of the University's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.


Snyderman's announced resignation follows closely that of Duke president Nan Keohane, who said last Sunday that she would step down in 2004.


Snyderman has been on the Duke faculty since 1973, and has conducted pioneering research into the leukocyte cell signaling in response to tissue damage. He was appointed dean of the Duke University School of Medicine in 1989.


The National Disease Research Interchange plans to name Eric Lander of MIT's Whitehead Institute scientist of the year, the association announced March 3.


Lander, who is being recognized for his leadership in genomic research, will accept the award at the association's March 25 conference in Washington, DC, which is entitled "The Genetics of Rare Disease, Window to Common Disorders." NHGRI director Francis Collins will serve as honorary conference chairman and a roundtable leader, the association said.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.