HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Einstein's Dr. Vern Schramm elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2007 (BRONX, NY) -- Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D., Professor and Ruth Merns Chair of Biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the nations most prestigious honorary society for scientists. His election was announced today at the Academys annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Schramm has been a member of the Einstein faculty since 1987. Throughout his career, he has carried out groundbreaking research into the mechanisms involved in enzymatic reactions. This work has led to promising drugs now being tested in clinical trials for treating autoimmune diseases and several types of cancer.

Dr. Schramm studies the transition-state structure of enzyme-catalyzed reactions the shapes that reacting molecules assume when enzymes catalyze chemical reactions. As he describes it, Enzymes govern virtually all of the chemical transformations necessary for biological life but can also influence cells to become cancerous. By knowing the transition-state structure of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, we can design powerful inhibitors that can block those enzymes from acting and thereby treat or prevent cancer and other diseases.

One such inhibitor that Dr. Schramm has designed, known as Immucillin-H, is a promising anticancer agent for treating T-cell malignancies. It is currently in a pivotal phase IIb clinical trial (specifically targeted to study efficacy) at sites in the U.S., eastern and western Europe, and South America.

Another transition-state inhibitor developed by Dr. Schramm is now being studied as a possible treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disorders and for preventing the rejection of transplanted organs.

The election to the Academy is the latest among numerous honors recognizing Dr. Schramms many contributions in more than 35 years as a biochemistr
'"/>

Contact: Karen Gardner
kgardner@aecom.yu.edu
718-430-3101
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
4-May-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Einsteins Dr. E. Richard Stanley receives 2006 E. Donnall Thomas Prize
2. Einsteins Susan Band Horwitz, PhD wins Bristol-Myers Squibb Cancer Research Award
3. Candidate research sites selected for the National Ecological Observatory Network
4. Depiction of findings selected as 2007 Image of the Year by Society for Nuclear Medicine
5. CSHL selected for odENCODE Data Coordination Center
6. University of Arizona neurobiologist John Hildebrand elected to the National Academy of Sciences
7. 5 Stanford professors elected to National Academy of Sciences
8. Salk scientist Ursula Bellugi elected to National Academy of Sciences
9. Psychology professor elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
10. ORNLs Thundat elected fellow of AAAS
11. Leading scientists elected to EMBO ranks

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


(Date:4/5/2017)... Allen Institute for Cell Science today announces the launch ... dynamic digital window into the human cell. The website ... deep learning to create predictive models of cell organization, ... suite of powerful tools. The Allen Cell Explorer will ... resources created and shared by the Allen Institute for ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... 30, 2017  On April 6-7, 2017, Sequencing.com will ... hackathon at Microsoft,s headquarters in ... focus on developing health and wellness apps that provide ... the Genome is the first hackathon for personal ... largest companies in the genomics, tech and health industries ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... N.Y. , March 27, 2017  Catholic ... Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for ... EMR Adoption Model sm . In addition, CHS ... of U.S. hospitals using an electronic medical record ... for its high level of EMR usage in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel ... BiG (Biomedical Innovation Group) annual meeting in China. , This year’s meeting, held ... T-cell) therapy, a rapidly developing highly personalized anti-cancer technology that involves removing some ...
(Date:7/16/2017)... ... July 16, 2017 , ... ... analytical instruments announced the launch of its new line of Rocking and Waving ... and waving shaker models (both analog and digital) for laboratory applications in a ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... , ... July 14, 2017 , ... ... EMS company . Sonic Manufacturing Technologies has installed a solar system on its ... a three-year period,” the President of Sonic, Kenneth Raab stated. The company’s proud ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... Liege, Belgium/ Denville, USA/ Martinsried, Germany (PRWEB) , ... ... ... today announced a newly developed standardized solution for sample preparation of proteins to ... Kit) and the Diagenode Bioruptor® sonication system. , The PreOmics iST Kit ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: