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:

Lung Cancer Test with a Nasal Swab

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Cotton swabs
Genomics diagnostic company Veracyte (South San Francisco, CA) is in clinical trials of its nasal swab for detecting lung [MORE]

Monitoring Infant Health with a Pacifier

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Pacifier Biosensor
This report comes from a collaboration of researchers at the University of California San Diego, and the University of [MORE]

An Eye Scan for Prediabetes

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Fluorescein screening for prediabetes
A decade may lapse between the earliest onset of Type 2 diabetes and its actual diagnosis, during [MORE]

CRISPR Applied to Disease Prevention

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Genetic modifiers science chart
“Based in San Francisco, Maze Therapeutics (Maze) is studying modifier genes—genes that affect the phenotype or physical [MORE]

Extrachromosomal DNA in Tumor Cells

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Oncogenes on doughnut-shaped ecDNA (orange)
“In the past, cancer researchers have mainly focused on targeting genes that are located on the [MORE]

AstraZeneca’s “Heart in a Jar” Project

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Human heart-in-a-jar
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is a condition where the heart still pumps but is too weak to [MORE]

Smaller, Lighter, Cheaper: Portable MRI

February 18, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Prototype portable MR
This piece mostly is business-related about a Guilford, CT company, Hyperfine, which is developing small, portable MRI machines.  [MORE]

“Prime Editing” with CRISPR

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Prime editing system
MIT and Harvard researchers have developed a new means of CRISPR gene editing that they believe could correct [MORE]

AI in Mental Health

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Identifying mental health disorders with AI
“In the future, patients might go to the hospital with a broken arm and leave [MORE]

A High Speed Bioprinter: 1 meter/Second

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Schematic of two-photon polymerization system
Engineers at the Technical University of Vienna have succeeded in running a bioprinter at a speed [MORE]

Iridium-Based Compound for Photodynamic Therapy

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Anti-cancer light particles
Photodynamic therapy has had some, but limited, success is destroying cancers, such as bladder tumors.  This approach may [MORE]

Walking Styles that Indicate Different Kinds of Dementia

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Gait deviations
Neuroscience researchers at the University of Newcastle (UK) “. . . hypothesize that AD (Alzheimer’s disease) and LBD (Lewy [MORE]

Vaginal Microbiota Transplants

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Vaginal bacteria, like the intestinal microbiome, play an important role in maintaining health.  When this culture becomes unbalanced, it can [MORE]

A New Hippocratic Oath

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Papyrus fragment of Hippocratic oath
“Given how fast new technologies are changing the healthcare landscape, we may need a totally new [MORE]