Friday, October 28, 2006
TEACHER OF THE YEAR—Larry Anderson, PhD
No doubt the systematic dissection of a cadaver leaves a lasting impression on every first-year medical student. As director for the Structure and Development course since 1998, Larry Anderson, professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, ensures that his students’ encounter with their first “patient” not only forms a solid foundation for the rest of their medical training, but is also engaging, entertaining and fun.
“They are anxious, pensive, and they’ve probably never seen a dead body before,”
During his lectures, Anderson launches into a gloves-off, hands-on presentation—with props, animation, audiovisuals and his own brand of humor and drama—to help students remember just which artery is which, or what size a “normal” heart should be.
By infusing the latest technology into his continuously evolving course outline,
“His educational collaborations with the Department of Radiology have resulted in the routine integration of advanced computer-based radiological technology into the study of gross anatomy,” says Calvin Hisley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiology.
Anderson, who started teaching anatomy courses in 1978, never imagined he would still be teaching it 28 years later. “Now I realize,” he says, “that I have been able to affect the care of many more patients through teaching our future physicians than I ever would have working on my own.”
RESEARCH LECTURER OF THE YEAR—Angela Brodie, PhD
For more than 30 years, Angela Brodie, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and a
She began her studies on compounds that would block the conversion of androgens to estrogen in the early 1970s at the Worcester Foundation in
The encouraging results of a small clinical trial in
“It is rare that one individual can take a drug from the phase of synthesis to ultimate use in patients,” says Richard Santen, MD, professor of internal medicine and associate director of clinical research at the
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR—
“Discovery is to see what everyone else has seen and to think what no one else has thought.” Those words from 1937 Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent Györgyi enjoy a prominent place in the office of Alessio Fasano, a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Physiology, the director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center (MBRC) and founder of the Center for Celiac Research, which is housed in the MBRC in Health Sciences Facility II.
That sense of discovery, plus rigorous discipline, a little serendipity and a large dose of luck, is what Fasano—a pediatric gastroenterologist and professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology at the
Fasano moved to
In 2004, Fasano and Blake Paterson, MD, founded Alba Therapeutics Corporation, now headquartered at the UMB BioPark, to transfer the zonulin technology from the lab’s bench top to the patient’s bedside. Fasano resigned as interim chief scientific officer to return to academics full-time. He is now chair of the company’s scientific advisory board.
Technology developments from Fasano’s laboratory have resulted in more than 150 patents now held by Alba Therapeutics. The company, named the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year in 2006, has completed clinical and human trials of AT-1001, its lead compound. AT-1001 is targeted toward the treatment of celiac disease and other autoimmune illnesses.