Terry Sharrer's bio:

Dr. Sharrer began as Executive Director, Medical Innovation and Transformation Institute, with the Inova Health System (Fairfax, VA) in July 2007. Formerly, he was the Curator of Health Sciences at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, where he had worked for thirty-six years.

Terry Sharrer speaks and writes about a range of life science subjects. In 1987, he co-organized an exhibition titled "The Search for Life: Genetic Technology in the 20th Century." This show also was the inaugural exhibition for the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He has done video documentaries on the Human Genome Project, the beginning of gene therapy, and the molecular biology of cancer. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, has authored some three dozen publications-including A Kind of Fate, Agricultural Change in Virginia, 1861-1920 (about the biological consequences of the Civil War and the beginning of germ theory practices, Iowa State University Press, 2000)-and currently is writing a history of molecular medicine. For outreach work, has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (Bethesda, MD), board member of the Carilion Biomedical Institute (Roanoke, VA), board member, Immune Deficiency Foundation (Towson, MD), and board member, Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Advisory Committee (Fairfax, VA).

Currently, his public service includes: board member of the Fund for Inherited Disease Research (Bryn Mawr, PA); and Science Advisor, for the Loudoun County, VA Department of Economic Development, the Clarke County VA Education Foundation, and the Arizona Science Alliance. With his wife Patty, and sons Alex, age 13, and Nicholas, age 17, he lives in Hamilton, Loudoun County, VA.

Disclosure: G. Terry Sharrer, PhD has stock dividends in Merck and Pfizer.

Terry Sharrer's posts:

A Portable OR

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

MIT Sally Miller SurgiBox
MIT graduate student Sally Miller took a 43 year old idea and reinvented it. The idea was [MORE]

NIH Bets $190m on CRISPR

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

It appears that CRISPR gene editing has reached a tipping point. Clinical trials with this technology have already [MORE]

“Adaptive PCR”

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Adaptive PCR
Biomedical engineers at Vanderbilt University have devised a handheld PCR machine that uses “left-handed” DNA (i.e. the Z form) [MORE]

The Future of Mobile Devices for Hospitals

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Wearable Device for Health Monitoring
How common will mobile medical devices be—e.g. wearables for pre-admission, admission, and post-discharge patient monitoring; telecom [MORE]

Flexoelectricity in Bone Repair

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Bone Fracture
A research group in Barcelona Spain has observed that tiny bone fractures emit a low voltage electrical field that [MORE]

Constructing a Monster

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Pre 1979 Poster for Smallpox Vaccination
Variola major, the virus responsible for smallpox, killed half of all human children who died [MORE]

Transfusion Medicine—Opportunities?

March 20, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Blood Transfusion
Many of our readers are opportunity-minded, i.e. innovators looking for something to make better. And, there’s hardly a medical [MORE]

An Artificial Synapse for “Brain-on-a-Chip” Device

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Artificial Synapse Researchers Tan, Kim, Choi
Quoting directly: “. . . engineers at MIT have designed an artificial synapse in such [MORE]

Monitoring Neuronal Connections

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

This story should be a companion piece to the one above: Caltech engineers have developed a “transneuronal control of transcription” [MORE]

Hand-Held DNA Sequencer

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Nanopore Handheld DNA Sequencer
It has been 20 years since the public and private efforts to sequence the human genome began [MORE]

Machine Reading Outscores Humans for Comprehension

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Neural Network
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (Hangzhou) recently announced that its AI learning machine scored higher on the Stanford University reading [MORE]

Atherosclerosis-on-a-Chip Models Disease

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Atherosclerosis on a Chip
Hardening of the arteries seems like the perfect subject for microfluidics modeling and that is what researchers [MORE]

Biomarkers of Organ Rejection

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Kidney Transplantation
Possibly the best Christmas present ever was when Ronald Herrick donated a kidney to his brother, Richard, on Dec. [MORE]

“Epigenetic Signatures”

March 13, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

Kabuki syndrome is a rare inborn developmental disorder in children, with distinctive facial features, growth delays and other abnormalities. Yet [MORE]