The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 10, 2000
April 10, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 31


Young Investigators Present Work

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Faculty, students and staff will gather on Thursday, April 13, to honor a select group of the best and brightest young medical school researchers at the School of Medicine's 23rd annual Young Investigator's Day.

The honorees aren't the only ones who have a good time at this annual event, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building. The honorees will regale any lover of cutting-edge science with descriptions of a remarkably diverse array of intriguing and exciting efforts that have pushed back the frontiers of biomedical science.

Award-winning research at this year's ceremony will include studies of crucial molecular links between immunosuppressive drugs and the nervous system; a naturally occuring substance that may help treat brain tumors; a potential new treatment for the parasite that causes sleeping sickness in Africa; changes in nerve cells that may help the brain process information; a new and highly fatal form of herpes virus that infects elephants; the brain's methods for assembling information gathered by the eye and the ear; and a study of the processes that guide the formation of developing nerve cells.

Young Investigator's Day Awards go out both to graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Many are named and endowed in memory of medical school graduates and alumni. Award winners are chosen by a review committee, led this year by Theresa Shapiro, associate professor of clinical pharmacology and of pharmacology and molecular sciences.

A complete list of winners will appear in next week's Gazette.