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Volume 8, Number 47Space holderDecember 3, 2004

Group blocks formation of toxic protein clumps seen in Huntington's

Image of Fibrils

For years, neuroscience researchers have thought long protein clumps called amyloid fibrils, the stringlike structures seen in this microscopic image, are responsible for neurological damage in diseases such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's. Many now believe that another type of clump composed of sphere-shaped aggregates, seen here as large, bright masses, are actually causing neurons to die. Researchers at the University of Washington have now identified a mechanism for protecting against the formation of the toxic protein clumps. (Full Story)

Image courtesy of Paul Muchowski

Chance to hold Treuer Chair in Genetics and Development

Allan Treuer, retired owner of the North Star Ice Equipment Co. and an active philanthropist in the Northwest, has made a major gift to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center to establish the Allan and Phyllis Treuer Endowed Chair in Genetics and Development. (Full Story)

Researchers argue for closer scrutiny of drugs on the market

An independent group, perhaps appointed by Congress, should be charged with determining when a medication should be withdrawn from the market, according to suggestions made by researchers in the Dec. 1 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Full Story)

Byers to discuss genetic collagen disorders in Science in Medicine Lecture

Peter Byers, professor of pathology and of medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics, will discuss his research on genetic collagen disorders in this month's Science in Medicine Lecture. (Full Story)

Workshop aimed at helping new clinician-educators with career development

The Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics is hosting a faculty workshop aimed at helping junior faculty successfully develop their careers as clinician-educators. The workshop, Clinician-Educators: Staying on Track and Getting Promoted, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Room 316L of the South Campus Center.

The workshop will cover the origin of the clinician-educator pathway, the basic requirements for promotion, strengths and weaknesses in CVs, the building blocks of an effective portfolio of accomplishments, and opportunities for scholarly contributions in clinical education. Several senior faculty members will take part in the workshop.

For further information or to register, call 206-543-2259 or visit