HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Royal Society elects Tom Curran as Fellow

PHILADELPHIA Tom Curran, Ph.D., FRS, took his place alongside such distinguished scientists as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking with his election last week as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. The 345-year-old Society is the national academy of science of the United Kingdom. The main criterion for election is scientific excellence.

Dr. Curran, a native of Scotland who enjoys dual, U.K./U.S. citizenship, is chairman of the department of developmental neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He served the American Association for Cancer Research as president in 2000. His research focuses on molecular events that control the formation of the brain in mammals, and has shown that deregulated gene expression is a critical factor in the development and progression of cancer.

Early in his career, Dr. Curran discovered the fos oncogene and demonstrated its function in gene regulation. He then illustrated how the activity of nerves in the brain can affect the function of fos. This groundbreaking discovery helped open a new field of study key to explaining how changes in gene activity result in alterations in learning and memory. It was recognized by the AACR in 1993, when Dr. Curran received the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research, given annually to an accomplished young investigator in the field who is no more than 40 years old at the time the award is conferred.

His subsequent study of a gene called Reelin led to important new insights into how nerve cells in the developing brain migrate to their final locations to form orderly layers.

More recently, Dr. Curran has linked his interest in brain development to the studies of the molecular basis of cancer. Based on this work, he pioneered laboratory studies of a novel molecule called HhAntag to treat brain cancer without the need for traditional chemotherapy or radiation.


'"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Tait
tait@aacr.org
215-440-9300
American Association for Cancer Research
3-Jun-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Top Canadian superstring theorist, Rob Myers of PI, inducted into Royal Society
2. Royal Museum to host improbable science event
3. Study in Royal Society journal on link between creativity and mating success
4. Study in Royal Society journal on first observation of giant squid in the wild
5. Study in Royal Society journal on possiblity of human organ regeneration
6. Study in Royal Society journal on worlds only horned rodent
7. Study in Royal Society journal on holly as an indicator of climate change
8. Study in Royal Society journal on heritability of female orgasm
9. UCLA physiologist elected to prestigious British Royal Society
10. Royal Society study on adaptability of fish to warming oceans
11. Study in Royal Society journal on sense of fairness in chimpanzees

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


(Date:1/31/2017)... , Jan. 31, 2017  Spero Therapeutics, LLC, ... for the treatment of bacterial infections, today announced ... antibacterial candidates from Pro Bono Bio Ltd (PBB) ... of multi-drug resistant forms of Gram-negative bacteria.   The ... Infectives Ltd, a PBB group company. ...
(Date:1/25/2017)... Jan. 25, 2017 The Elements of Enterprise ... lifecycle is comprised of a comprehensive set of ... of maintaining digital identities and providing a secured ... There are significant number of programs opted by ... time by optimizing processes and changing policies. However, ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... voice recognition biometrics market to grow at a CAGR of 19.36% ... present scenario and the growth prospects of the global voice recognition ... considers the revenue generated from the sales of voice recognition biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... , ... February 27, 2017 , ... The Catalyst ... a few in the Midwest offering premix services and private label organic services. , ... laying hens, according Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... be safely completed in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) with satisfactory clinical and ... previous two-year TDR studies. , Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed, commented on ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Tenn. , Feb. 24, 2017 ... ("Provectus" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage oncology and ... regarding the deadline to participate in its previously ... units, consisting of shares of common stock and ... and holders of listed warrants. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 24, 2017  Driven by consumers, preference towards ... the fastest growing categories, finds the recently published ... Personal Care: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities ... firm Kline. "Biotechnology actives are derived ... more effective for skin and hair care applications," ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: