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Volume 8, Number 9Space holderMarch 5, 2004

Growth Factor VEGF drops before motor neuron disease symptom onset

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A team led by Albert La Spada, professor in the School of Medicine, found that spinal cord levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drop in mice just before the onset of symptoms similar to a form of motor neuron disease. The team created transgenic mice with abnormal androgen vectors, which interfere with a cell's ability to produce VEGF. Muscles in the transgenic mice (above) have intermixed, shrunken, and hypertrophied fibers, while those of regular mice (below) have normal fibers. (Full story)

Ellenbogen named chair of Neurological surgery

Richard G. Ellenbogen, attending neurosurgeon and chief of pediatric neurological surgery at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, has been named chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the UW School of Medicine. (Full Story)

WWAMI Lecturer to discuss feeding your hungry brain

How animals are driven to find food and the neurological and physiological processes that underlie the hunger response will be the topic of this month’s Science in Medicine lecture, scheduled for noon, Thursday, March 11, in Hogness Auditorium, Room A-420 of the UW Health Sciences Center. (Full Story)

Things Your Mother Never Taught You scheduled for March 10

Ownership of data, software, and other lab materials will be the topic of discussion in the latest presentation of the Things Your Mother Never Taught You series. The program is from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in Turner Auditorium, room D-209 of the Health Sciences Center.

The program, Who Owns What in the Lab?, is free and open to everyone. It is sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Office of Industry Relations.

Susan Wray, director of industry relations, and other presenters will cover issues such as: control over the use and distribution of data, biological materials, and copyrightable works; what happens to data, software, lab notebooks, and other lab material when a faculty member, employee, or student leaves; and how to preserve the rights of contributors to use software or digital works created in the lab. The session will also cover the UW’s new Intellectual Property Policy, which includes new procedures for royalty distribution to inventors and authors or developers.

Wray will lead the session, joined by three other speakers: Charles Williams, director of digital ventures for the UW Technology Transfer office; Clark Shores, from the Attorney General's Office at the UW; and Paula Szoka, director of invention licensing at the Technology Transfer office.

For more information, contact Vee White at 206-543-8319,

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