February 2011

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Ginsburg receives biomedical science research award

David Ginsburg, the James V. Neel distinguished university professor of internal medicine and human genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School, received a Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The annual AAMC award was established in 1947 and recognizes outstanding clinical or laboratory research by a medical school faculty member. The research generally is related to health and disease that has contributed to the substance of medicine.

Ginsburg, who also is a Life Sciences Institute research professor and an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, studies the components of the blood-clotting system and how disturbances in their function lead to human bleeding and blood-clotting disorders. Specifically, he and his colleagues are looking at the blood-clotting protein von Willebrand factor and how molecular defects in the protein are responsible for many of the less common subtypes of von Willebrand disease. He also studies diseases involving coagulation factor V, a central regulator in the early phases of blood clot formation, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and PAI2, both of which regulate the fibrinolytic system that breaks down blood clots.


Holick named Van Slyke Award recipient

Michael F. Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and director of the General Clinical Research Unit at Boston University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2010 Van Slyke Award from the American Academy for Clinical Chemistry New York Metro Section. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the science of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

Holick, who also is director of the Bone Health Care Clinic at Boston Medical Center, was chosen to receive the award for his seminal contributions to laboratory medicine. He helped pioneer several assays for vitamin D and its metabolites. The assays now are used worldwide to determine a patient’s vitamin D status and to evaluate disorders of calcium and bone metabolism. Holick also helped establish global recommendations for sensible sun exposure and vitamin D intake for children and adults.

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