For the Record: ICE Researchers Elected to Association
of American Physicians
Gregg L. Semenza, director of the program in vascular
cell engineering in ICE, professor of
pediatrics and member of the
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, and Ted
director of the neuroregeneration program in ICE and
professor of neurology
and neuroscience, have
been elected to the Association of American Physicians.
Semenza's work focuses on the molecular mechanisms
underlying blood vessel formation and
vascular remodeling in cardiovascular disease and cancer.
In particular, he has found that the protein
called HIF-1, for hypoxia inducible factor 1, controls the
production of many growth factors that
contribute to vessel growth in response to low oxygen.
Dawson's work focuses on the molecular basis of
neurodegeneration and neurodegenerative
diseases. Specifically, he studies the mechanisms of nerve
cell death, cell death and survival, nitric
oxide signaling. He also studies the molecular basis of
Parkinson's disease and is testing innovative
neuroprotective and neurorestorative strategies in
Parkinson's disease patients.
The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit
organization founded in 1885 by seven
physicians, including Dr. William Osler, for "the
advancement of scientific and practical medicine."
Members have included Nobel laureates, and members of the
National Academy of Science and the
Institute of Medicine. Today, the association continues to
serve as a repository of the best medical
minds and as a forum to create and disseminate knowledge,
and to provide role models for upcoming
generations of physicians and medical scientists.
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