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Terry Sharrer's bio:

Dr. Sharrer began as Executive Director, Medical Innovation and Transformation Institute, with the Inova Health System (Fairfax, VA) in July 2007. Formerly, he was the Curator of Health Sciences at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, where he had worked for thirty-six years.

Terry Sharrer speaks and writes about a range of life science subjects. In 1987, he co-organized an exhibition titled "The Search for Life: Genetic Technology in the 20th Century." This show also was the inaugural exhibition for the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He has done video documentaries on the Human Genome Project, the beginning of gene therapy, and the molecular biology of cancer. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, has authored some three dozen publications-including A Kind of Fate, Agricultural Change in Virginia, 1861-1920 (about the biological consequences of the Civil War and the beginning of germ theory practices, Iowa State University Press, 2000)-and currently is writing a history of molecular medicine. For outreach work, has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (Bethesda, MD), board member of the Carilion Biomedical Institute (Roanoke, VA), board member, Immune Deficiency Foundation (Towson, MD), and board member, Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Advisory Committee (Fairfax, VA).

Currently, his public service includes: board member of the Fund for Inherited Disease Research (Bryn Mawr, PA); and Science Advisor, for the Loudoun County, VA Department of Economic Development, the Clarke County VA Education Foundation, and the Arizona Science Alliance. With his wife Patty, and sons Alex, age 13, and Nicholas, age 17, he lives in Hamilton, Loudoun County, VA.

Disclosure: G. Terry Sharrer, PhD has stock dividends in Merck and Pfizer.

Terry Sharrer's posts:

Heart Patches of Living Stem Cells

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Heart patch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Until heart doctors have a successful strategy for injecting stem cells directly into cardiac tissue to repair damage, this [MORE]

Automated Chemical Synthesizer

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Coffee machine synthesizer
For more than a quarter century, synthetic chemists have imagined how an automated reaction machine could take the [MORE]

Graphene Microflakes to Stop Seizures

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Graphene flakes mitigate seizures
This piece mainly suggests what might be done for brain disorders in the future rather than what [MORE]

“Hair Farms”

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Hair follicle
Using a 3D printer to make plastic molds for skin tissue, bioengineers at Columbia University added a “cocktail of [MORE]

3D Printed Ear without Scaffold

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

3D printed ear without scaffold
Most tissue regenerative strategies rely on a scaffold into which cells stimulated to grow.  One difficulty [MORE]

A Hair-Sized Lung Probe

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Lung alveolus
In an extremely fine optical fiber, Scottish scientists devised a tool for assessing lung disease deep in the organ.  [MORE]

Micropatterning Tissues

August 20, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Micropatterning tissues
“All micropatterning techniques involve three basic steps. . . : Generation of a pattern of controlled surface adhesiveness; Seeding [MORE]

Urine Test for Transplant Rejection

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

T cell granzyme B attacks organ cell
To determine if rejection of a transplanted organ is beginning, researchers at Emory University [MORE]

Coating Stem Cells to Target Heart Tissue

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Artificial plasma membrane binding construct
Stem cell scientists at the University of Bristol, and colleagues in Australia and France, described their [MORE]

Regenerative Medicine without Stem Cells

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Regeneration of lung over 36 hours
As promising as stem cells are for regenerating damaged tissues, they are not without their [MORE]

Paper Organs, Ready to Grow

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

3D printing paper organs
Here’s a novel idea: create paper models of organs and tumors, complete with blood vessels, nerves and [MORE]

Making Closer Contact between Sensors and Cells

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Floating and flexible cellular sensor
Tissue culture researchers at Purdue University are using an ultra-buoyant polymer scaffold with electrophysiological sensors to [MORE]

Artificial DNA Controls Sequenced Release of Drugs from a Capsule

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Sequencing release of drug
The earliest controlled release drug dates from 1938, and relied on polymer coatings to survive gastric acids [MORE]

Predicting Microbiome Changes

August 13, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Gut microbiome
Enteroendocrine cells in the human gut secrete serotonin, hormones and other chemicals that send signals to the brain via [MORE]