June 13, 2003

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Dr. Steve Gabbe

Gabbe to serve on national medical education committee

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe has been appointed to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for a three-year term.

The LCME, part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), has promoted high standards for undergraduate medical education since its inception in 1942. The 17-member accreditation body is composed of medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, members of the public, and medical students and is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada.

The LCME is sponsored by the AAMC and the American Medical Association.

National alliance recognizes three VUMC scientists

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) has awarded grants for neurobiological and psychiatric research to three VUMC scientists.

Heidi E. Hamm, Ph.D., Earl W. Sutherland Jr. Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, is the recipient of a Distinguished Investigator grant; Philip J. Ebert, Ph.D., research fellow in Pharmacology, and Dr. Tianlai Tang, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry, have both received Young Investigator grants.

Roberts to serve as editor of free radical biology publication

Dr. L. Jackson Roberts II, professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, has been named an associate editor of the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the flagship journal of the field of free radical research and the official journal of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

“This is a great honor to me given the fact that I completely changed my research focus to the area of free radical research only about 12 years ago,” Roberts said.

Roberts and colleagues have discovered several types of chemical compounds produced by free radical processes in the body.

The compounds, called isoprostanes and isofurans, have been used to implicate free radicals in atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, the normal aging process, and other diseases.