MEDICAL AUTOMATION EXPERTS


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:

New Light in Neuroimaging

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Optical functional imaging of brain oxygen
Collaborators at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Washington medical school have [MORE]

Implantable Device Controls Heartbeat and Blood Pressure

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Barostim Neo in body drawing
A pacemaker-like implantable device stimulates the carotid artery in a way that reduces risk of heart [MORE]

Millions and Millions of Genes in the Microbiome

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Human microbiome project
“Early estimates as to exactly how many unique genes [in the human microbiome]  there may be range from [MORE]

Artificial Intelligence in Oncology so far, not so Good

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Watson computer
“In 2018, the team at MD Anderson published a paper in The Oncologist outlining their experiences with Watson and [MORE]

A “Channelpedia” of Potassium Ion Channels

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Ion channel data base
Researchers in the “Blue Brain Project” at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) have created a rough draft map of [MORE]

Smartphone to Brain Implant to Neural Circuits

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Tiny implant in brain can control neural circuits
In a step toward automated animal studies, engineers at the Korean Advanced Institute [MORE]

Perspective on “Collaborative Robots”

December 3, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

HighRes robotic system
This piece has an interview with the CEO of HighRes Biosolutions (Beverly, MA) about robotics in laboratory automation [MORE]

Genetics of Disease and Aging

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Epigenetic mechanisms.
Disease and aging usually are thought to be distinct processes, but that may not be entirely so.  Biologists at [MORE]

Human Clinical Trials for CRISPR Underway in the US

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

CRISPR Cas9
Seven years after CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing appeared, clinical trials have begun.  The University of Pennsylvania has treated two patients, [MORE]

“Cyborg Organoids”

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

 
Cyborg organoid
Harvard bioengineers have created cyborg mini organoids from culturing stem cells on a flexible, stretchable electronic mesh imbedded with [MORE]

Microrobots for Intestinal Procedures

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

 
Micro robots deliver drugs to precise location
“Scientists at Caltech have now developed self-propelled microrobots that can deliver drugs to precise [MORE]

Transdermal Optical Imaging of Blood Pressure

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Selfie video measures blood pressure
In a study at the University of Toronto comparing blood pressure readings from an arm cuff [MORE]

Prototype Automated Exosuit

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Running with exoskeleton.
As the population ages, gait-assist devices have increasing relevance.  This piece describes an exosuit that engineers at Harvard [MORE]

Electromagnetic Fields Inhibit Cancer Metastases

November 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Breast cancer cells
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at Ohio State University, report this: “Using a novel microfluidic platform, we found that [MORE]