Navigation Links
PNNL's Richard Smith named to prestigious Scientific American 50 list of outstanding leaders
Date:12/18/2007

Richland, Wash. Richard D. Smith, Battelle Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been named one of 50 outstanding leaders in the 2007 Scientific American 50. Each year the magazine recognizes its list of 50 key contributors in science and technology. Smith shared the honor for creating a new approach to neurological diagnostics with a colleague from UCLAs David Geffen School of Medicine, Desmond Smith.

Smiths research may help identify the earliest detectable stages of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. Smiths findings indicate that many neurodegenerative diseases leave a biochemical calling card, or biomarker, that may be used to predict early stages of brain impairment. The understandings from this research may result in the discovery of drug targets for new theraputic approaches. Many biomedical researchers also believe that detecting disease states before symptoms occur is key to reversing many as-yet-incurable diseases.

Smiths work led to the mapping of proteins in brain tissues. This mapping has allowed scientists to examine the location and abundance of large numbers of proteins within healthy brain tissue, which can be compared to protein portraits found within diseased brain tissues. These differences may help identify neurological diseases at a very early stage and proteins that might be targeted for drug intervention. Its hoped that such diseases might be curbed if caught and treated early enough.

Associate Laboratory Director for Fundamental & Computational Sciences, Doug Ray, said, Dick Smith and his team have pushed the frontiers of proteomics instrumentation far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. By integrating new ideas into the tools available to conduct research, they have made comprehensive proteomic mapping possible.

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and PNNL's Biomolecular Systems Initiative. Most of the work was conducted at the Department of Energy's W.R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL.

The Board of Editors of Scientific American magazine selected Smith as one of 50 honorees chosen annually for accomplishments in research, business or policymaking, and demonstration of leadership in shaping both established and emerging technologies.

Past Scientific American 50 winners include stem cell researcher Douglas Melton, Nobel prize-winning neurobiologist Roderick MacKinnon, former World Health Organization Secretary General Gro Harlem Brundtland, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The complete list of this years winners for the SA 50 appears in the January 2008 issue of Scientific American. It can also be viewed on the magazines Web site, http://www.sciam.com.


'/>"/>

Contact: Geoff Harvey
Geoffrey.Harvey@pnl.gov
509-372-6083
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Aware, Inc. Announces Richard Moberg to Return as CFO
2. Smithsonian researchers develop models to assess wetland health
3. Smithsonian scientists help lead effort to barcode worlds species
4. Smithsonian identifies invasive crab species in Panama Canal expansion area
5. Smithsonian identifies invasive crab species in Panama Canal expansion area
6. Smithsonian scientists working to save microscopic threatened species
7. Smiths Detection to launch a portable diagnostic system for foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu
8. CIC Again Named to Software Magazines Annual Prestigious Software 500 List
9. UD named a regional research participant in National Children’s Study
10. RSC Project Prospect scoops prestigious award
11. UC Riverside biologist receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2017)...  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor ... Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots will be ... USA . The technology was developed and patented at the ... spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur ... ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... , May 16, 2017   Bridge ... health organizations, and MD EMR Systems , ... development partner for GE, have established a partnership ... Portal product and the GE Centricity™ products, including ... EMR. These new integrations will ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... WASHINGTON , April 24, 2017 ... counsel and partner with  Identity Strategy Partners, LLP ... "With or without President Trump,s March 6, ... Foreign Terrorist Entry , refugee vetting can be instilled ... refugee resettlement. (Right now, all refugee applications are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... 2017 SomaGenics announced the receipt of a ... RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), expected to be the first commercially ... microRNAs) from single cells using NGS methods. The NIH,s ... accelerate development of approaches to analyze the heterogeneity of ... techniques for measuring levels of mRNAs in individual cells ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning American Farmer television series will feature ... Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. , With global population estimates nearing ... how to continue to feed a growing nation. At the same time, many of ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... instruments and applications consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, Nanoscience Instruments is ... Nanoscience Analytical offers a broad range of contract analysis services for advanced ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... On Tuesday, October ... on INSIGhT, the first-ever adaptive clinical trial for glioblastoma (GBM). The featured speaker ... is free and open to the public, but registration is required. , WHAT: ...
Breaking Biology Technology: