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 Truth Always Wins:” Theranos

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Theranos logo
This piece is not what we usually carry, but it deals with innovation in medical technology and should serve [MORE]

Patient-Specific Organoid for Treating Cancer

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

GI anatomy with appendix
Cancer of the appendix is rare—about 1:100,000 people; consequently, knowledge about how to treat these cases is [MORE]

3-D Printed Heart Valves

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Custom sizer in 3D printed heart valve
A collaboration between bioengineers at Harvard, the University of Washington and Max Planck Institute [MORE]

Ultrasound Treatment for Dementia

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Dementia ultrasound treatment human trials
University of Queensland researchers have observed in mice that fast oscillating ultrasound waves cause microglial cells [MORE]

Implantable Cellular Incubator

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Cellular incubator
In this piece, “Researchers at Tomsk State University and Siberian State Medical University in Russia have developed a new [MORE]

Liquid Biopsy Outperforms Tissue Biopsy for NSCLC

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Blood testing
In a study of 282 patients with non-small cell lung cancer, a liquid biopsy device (Guardant 360, Redwood City, [MORE]

Patch that Monitors In-Patient Repositioning to Prevent Pressure Ulcers

April 2, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Leaf patient monitoring for positioning
Turning bed-ridden patients is a standard job for nursing, particularly in nursing homes.  This may been [MORE]

A “Universal Cancer Biomarker”

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

UQ Cancer test shows particles changing color
According to University of Queensland bioengineers: “When circulating tumor DNA fragments are placed in [MORE]

Revising Pancreatic Regeneration

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

GSIS islet beta cells
While regenerative medicine has made strides with growing blood, blood vessel, and bladder from stem cells, pancreatic [MORE]

Adjustable Length Artificial Hip

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Adjustable length artificial hip
Hip prostheses can result in a leg that is a little too long or a little too [MORE]

AI Automatically Identifies Polyps during Colonoscopies

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

AI detects polyps during colonoscopy
Instead of “self-driving” cars from artificial intelligence and computer vision, think self-driving colonoscopy. The CEO of [MORE]

MEMS Soft Robots

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

Modular soft robotic microdevices
In this piece, engineers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne describe this technology for manufacturing soft [MORE]

A Wearable Kidney

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

WAK- portable dialysis device
Dialysis patients typically go to treatment centers for four-hour sessions, three times a week.  They must carefully [MORE]

When Wearables Become Essentials

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

BrightBeat medical device slows breathing
New approaches to wearable devices could add peripheral nervous system stimulators to solving a new range [MORE]