Names In The News

NAMES IN THE NEWS

May 19, 2006

Grants

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a four-year, $1.5 million grant to Lai-Xi Wang, an associate professor of chemistry at the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore.

The grant will be used to study how carbohydrates in the HIV virus can stimulate the body's immune system. Wang's research will contribute to the institute's quest to develop an HIV vaccine.

IHV is a center of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Marin Pichler, an assistant professor of physics at Goucher College, has been awarded a $55,718 Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corp. to support his studies of the atomic and molecular physics of ultracold gases.

Promotions

Dr. Antony Rosen, professor of medicine, cell biology and pathology and director of the rheumatology division at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named the school's Mary Betty Stevens professor of medicine.

The endowed chair at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was created in 1989 by friends and patients of Stevens, known for her accomplishments in rheumatology, clinical research, teaching and patient care.

Rosen, a basic scientist in cell biology, pathology and immunology, directs the rheumatology division and is the deputy director for innovation at the Bayview facility.

William B. Guggino, a cystic fibrosis researcher and longtime teacher, has been named director of physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Since 1996, Guggino has been vice chairman of research in the department of pediatrics and since 1989 has been director of the Cystic Fibrosis Development Program. Last year he won the Doris F. Tulcin Cystic Fibrosis Research Award, marking his achievements as a researcher and teacher of young scientists.

In 1992 Guggino and another Hopkins researcher, Dr. Peter Agre, detailed the discovery of the first water channel protein -- a line of research that ultimately won Agre the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003.

Clarification

Last week's Names in the News column was unclear about the status of Catherine Boyne, a Greater Baltimore Medical Center executive who was appointed to the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life. Boyne is currently president of the Hospice of Baltimore.

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