On The Scene
March of Dimes honors researchers
Clifford J. Tabin and Philip A. Beachy, third and fourth from left, received the 2008 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology on May 5 at the Moana Surfrider. Tabin, chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Beachy, professor at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford, were honored for determining the role of "hedgehog" genes in embryonic and fetal development. Dr. Michael Katz, left, March of Dimes President Jennifer L. Howse, Dr. Renee Jenkins (president of the American Academy of Pediatrics) and Duane Alexander (director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) congratulated them after the program.
Hawaii March of Dimes State Director Carmella Hernandez welcomed Dr. Deepak Srivastava, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco. Srivastava introduced the awardees with a concise explanation of the role of "hedgehog" genes in determining development.
John Henry Felix, chairman emeritus of the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter Board, left, and Judy Boyle Chun caught up with MOD Hawaii Chapter Chairman Bruce Coppa. Coppa said that although March of Dimes research targets birth defects and babies' health problems, research involving "hedgehog" genes is relevant to the health problems of adults as well.
Drs. Gary Freed, left, Mark Schleiss, Margie Andreae and David Cornfield enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before going upstairs for dinner. All four were in town for the 2008 annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. Freed is immediate past president of the Society for Pediatric Research; Cornfield will become president in 2009.
Hawaii visitors Dr. Phil Schaul, left; his wife, Mary; Dr. Cliff Bogue and his wife, Meg; Dr. Gary Freed; Dr. Marie Egan; Debbie Anagnostelis; and Dr. Bruce Geld agreed that Waikiki in May is a perfect time and place for the pediatric meeting and MOD award presentation dinner. Awardees Tabin and Beachy had given keynote lectures at the pediatric society meeting earlier that day.