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:

Multiregional Brain-on-a-Chip

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Brain on a Chip
A bioengineering group at Harvard has built a brain-on-a-chip that models the neural connectome. This microfluidics device [MORE]

Regenerating the Epicardium of the Human Heart

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Heart Cells from Stem Cells Lance Lian
Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that by chemically manipulating the Wnt signaling [MORE]

How Neural Organization Develops in an Infant

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Infants, younger than four months, have multipurpose brains that have not yet specialized in processing information such as facial recognition. [MORE]

Implantable Micromachines

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Implantable Microrobots
Hydrogels have come a long way since Dutch chemist and physician Jacob Maarten van Bemmelen first described their nature [MORE]

Continuous Glucose and Lactate Monitoring

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

OptiScanner 6000
OptiScan Medical (Hayward, CA) has received the EU’s approval for a medical device that measures glucose and lactate levels [MORE]

Micromolding in Making Medical Equipment

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Micro Molding Medical Device
Size matters in making minimally invasive surgical devices, and generally, the smaller the better. This piece describes [MORE]

Synthetic Anti-Venom Nanoparticle

February 21, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Snake Milking
With pains-taking trial and error methods (aka “directed evolution”) researchers at the University of California-Irvine have made nanoparticles that [MORE]

High Resolution pH Imaging

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Energy Transduction
This piece describes how researchers at Osaka University have used a fluorescent probe and microscopy to image the complex [MORE]

Regenerating Vision

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Transplanted Stem Cells in Rodent
Degeneration of photoreceptor cells in the eye is a major cause of age-related blindness, which is [MORE]

Can Smartwatches Really Alert to Oncoming Sickness?

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Smart Watch
The worried-well can now use a smartwatch to say “I told you I was sick.” This piece describes how [MORE]

3-D Printed Meniscus

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

Aspect’s 3-D Bioprinting Platform
With someone in the US undergoing knee replacement surgery every 45 seconds, its little wonder that much [MORE]

Genetic “Fingerprint” of Prostate Cancer

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

About a third of men who are successfully treated (surgery and radiation) for localized prostate cancer still go on to [MORE]

Storing Vaccines at Room Temperature

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

“Supramolecular nanomaterials and interfaces” is the name of the lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) [MORE]

Targeting Disease-Causing RNAs in Precision Medicine

February 14, 2017 | | Posted in Newsletter

“With the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel, we have shown that small molecules can be designed to seek out and [MORE]