HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Clay M. Armstrong, MD, wins 1999 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Clay M. Armstrong, MD, professor of physiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will share the 1999 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Armstrong was named with Bertil Hille, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington, and Roderick MacKinnon, MD, professor of molecular neurobiology and biophysics at The Rockefeller University. The researchers will receive their awards during a luncheon on October 1 in New York City.

The Lasker Award is often cited as a Nobel Prize predictor: 61 Lasker Award recipients have subsequently received the honor. Armstrong is being cited for pioneering research elucidating the physical processes underlying electrical signaling in and between cells. His work unveiled the mechanisms governing the behavior of ion channels. These basic components of all cells play a fundamental role in the conduction of electrical impulses in nerve, muscle, and heart, and control the central nervous system, including the brain, muscle contraction, cardiac rhythm, hormone secretion, and many other vital biological events.

Since the 19th century, scientists have known that nerve impulses were transmitted electrically. Exactly how they were propagated throughout the body, however, was still mysterious. During approximately the same era, engineers working on the first trans-Atlantic cables found that electronic signals would fade and be lost without the use of booster stations along the way. What Armstrong discovered years later was precisely how ion channels function as the nervous system's booster stations, responsible for receiving and reproducing signals as they travel along nerve fibers.

"Conveying nerve impulses through the body is like transmitting an electrical signal faithfully over a very long distance," Armstrong explains. "Both require the equivalent of amplifiers along the way. When a signal enters a cell, it doesn't simply pass
'"/>

Contact: Franklin Hoke
hokef@mail.med.upenn.edu
215-349-5659
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
26-Sep-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. University of Alberta researcher looks for clues to mysterious disease
2. Laser technology to map industrial plant gases available through Alberta Research Council
3. Polar bear headed for extinction, says University of Alberta scientist
4. Rutgers and Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers seek fountain of youth among the worms
5. Scientists, research advocates honored as Albert B. Sabin Heroes of Science
6. Lasker Award honors Rockefeller University biochemist for pioneering studies of gene activation
7. Basic RNA enzyme research promises single-molecule biosensors
8. Basic motion measuring technology may be alternative to more expensive testing procedures
9. Basic Research and Higher Education Program Conference breaks new ground
10. Cystic Fibrosis Conference Will Showcase Latest From Clinical Care To Basic Science
11. Butterfly Wings, Beetle Horns Teach Biologists Basic Lesson In Developments Laws

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/6/2017)... -- According to Acuity Market Intelligence, ongoing concerns ... continue to embrace biometric and digital identification based ... Control (ABC) eGates and 1436 Automated Passport Control ... ports of entry across the globe. Deployments increased ... CAGR of 37%. APC Kiosks reached 75% growth ...
(Date:2/3/2017)... 2017 A new independent identity strategy consultancy ... (IdSP) . Designed to fill a critical niche in ... founding partners Mark Crego and Janice ... in identity expertise that span federal governments, the 9/11 ... Crego-Kephart combined expertise has a common theme born from ...
(Date:2/2/2017)... 2, 2017  EyeLock LLC, a market leader of ... paper " What You Should Know About Biometrics in ... user authenticity is a growing concern. In traditional schemes, ... However, traditional authentication schemes such as username/password suffer from ... authentication offers an elegant solution to the problem of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... David Nolte, PhD accepted Purdue University’s 2016 ... Research Park of West Lafayette, Indiana. , The top commercialization award is ... success with, commercializing discoveries from Purdue research. “This award is truly an honor. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... FRANCISCO , Feb. 23, 2017   ViaCyte, ... Type 1, a not-for-profit advocacy and education group for ... grant from Beyond Type 1 to support ViaCyte,s efforts ... other insulin-requiring diabetes.  For more than ... cell replacement therapies with a focus on the treatment ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... 2017  PrimeVax Immuno-Oncology, Inc. announced today its CEO, ... Annual Biocom Global Life Science Partnering Conference.  The presentation ... at the Torrey Pines Lodge, in San Diego.  ... Biocom who have chosen our company, amongst numerous others, ... investors, and clinical researchers," said Mr. Chen. "In contrast ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... LabRoots , the leading provider of educational and interactive virtual events ... the launch of a new scholarship for young scientists seeking a degree in any ... open to all high school seniors, 17 years or older; as well as those ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: