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:

The Next “Big One”

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Preparing for the Next Pandemic
This piece isn’t about half of California dropping into the Pacific, or Miami being blown away [MORE]

Anemia Detected in the Blink of the Eye

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Diagnosing anemia via eye exam
Purdue University scientists have developed an inexpensive means for evaluating anemia from a smartphone photo of [MORE]

Paper Test Measures Lithium in Blood Drop

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Lithium sensor
Bipolar patients rely on lithium carbonate medication, but the amount they take is close to a toxic effect.  An [MORE]

Landmark Review of AI in Global Health

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

AI in healthcare
From the Lancet article:  “AI-driven health interventions fit into four categories relevant to global health researchers: (1) diagnosis, [MORE]

A COVID-19 Biobank

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Last February, when more than 100 Biogen representatives from around the world attended a conference, they unwittingly became a means [MORE]

When the Heart Naturally Regenerates

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Human heart
When mouse hearts are damages in early life, they can regenerative; so why not the same for adults?  This [MORE]

Laser-Light Activated Drug Delivery for Arthritis

July 7, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Laser light used in treatment of RA
A collaborative team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke [MORE]

Clearing Fat from the Bloodstream

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Fat busting proteins made in the lab
An article in the Journal of Lipid Research describes how scientists at the University [MORE]

Nanoparticle Targeting Tumor Cells

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Dendritic polyglycerol
Dendritic polyglycerols are synthesized carrier molecules to which different kinds of labels (dyes, radiolabeling) and/or therapeutics (antiviral, anticancer, anti-inflammatory [MORE]

A Clot Timing Chip

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

XaTek clot clip
XaTek, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a handheld device it calls the “ClotChip.”  About the size and shape [MORE]

A Brief History of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Abdominal implanted ICD system
Some 800,000 Americans have implanted cardioverter defibrillators that keep their hearts from racing too fast, and about [MORE]

Urine Test Predicts Bladder Cancer Early

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter
From a cohort of over 50,000 Iranians comes the discovery of a biomarker, the telomerase reverse transcriptase [MORE]

Gene Therapy for ALS

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Gene therapy for ALS
While it has only been demonstrated in mice, researchers at the University of California-San Diego Medical School [MORE]

Stem Cells in Cardiac Pacemaking

June 30, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

ECG – stem cells to pacemaker cells
About 600,000 people have implanted cardiac pacemakers to treat arrhythmias and low heartbeat.  Cardio-innovators [MORE]