April 9, 1996
Media Contact: Michael Purdy
Phone: (410) 955-8725
E-mail: mpurdy@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students honor some of Hopkins' best and brightest young researchers at the annual Young Investigators' Day Awards ceremony on at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

"This is the most fun afternoon to be a Hopkins professor," says Young Investigators' Day chair Peter Agre, M.D., a Hopkins professor of medicine and biological chemistry. "These young researchers are representative of Hopkins' finest, and I'm sure they will go on to distinguished careers in biomedical research. The runners-up from previous years have also gone on to fame!"

Eighteen award-winners will present lectures or posters on their research. Descriptions of a few of the presenters follow.

Alex Huang, a Hopkins M.D./Ph.D. candidate and winner of a Michael A. Shanoff Research Award, will describe his research into better ways to enlist the weapons of the immune system in the war on cancer.

Yuesheng Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate and a Shanoff Research Award winner, will talk about working to identify isiothiocyanates, chemicals that promote production of enzymes that can help the body more easily remove carcinogens.

Michael Ehlers, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate and winner of a David Israel Macht Prize, discovered that a common molecule in nerve cells can shut important cell "doors" that are involved in the creation of memory and in disorders like stroke.

Erik Schwiebert, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow and winner of the W. Barry Wood Jr. Award, will display a poster on his efforts to understand the function of the cystic fibrosis gene. Schwiebert discovered a new function of the gene that may lead to new treatments for cystic fibrosis.

Marshall Glesby, M.D., a fellow in infectious diseases and winner of the Helen B. Taussig Award, will display a poster on a recent study of HIV-positive patients. Glesby found that flu vaccine shots do not promote the production of HIV.

More detailed write-ups on seven of the winners will be available on Thursday. If you want to attend or cover the event, please call me at 410/955-8725.

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