October 19, 2007

Researcher England dies

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Roger England

Roger England, a senior research specialist in the Department of Anesthesiology, died Oct. 11. He was 63.

Mr. England, who last year received the Edward E. Price Award for Basic Research, came to Vanderbilt in 1967.

During his four decades here, Mr. England touched many areas of basic research, including physiology/biochemistry, animal models of brain ischemia, sensori-neural deafness, epilepsy and molecular biology.

Eric Delpire, Ph.D., professor of Anesthesiology, began working with Mr. England in 1998.

In his letter nominating him for the Price Award, Delpire said Mr. England's technical expertise made possible studies resulting in “seminal publications” in journals including Nature Genetics, American Journal of Physiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

“Roger is quite a remarkable person and has to be credited for the success of this laboratory in the past several years,” Delpire wrote.

Mr. England is survived by his wife, Lynda, daughter, Sharon England Bryant, and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's pancreatic cancer research program or the American Cancer Society.