skip navigation nih record
Vol. LXV, No. 7
March 29, 2013

previous story

next story


Pettigrew Receives Pierre Galletti Award

Dr. Roderic Pettigrew

Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, received the 2013 Pierre Galletti Award at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) annual event in Washington, D.C., recently. It is the highest honor that AIMBE, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society, bestows on an individual.

The award is named after Galletti, a luminary in the biomedical engineering field who filled many roles during his life: researcher, inventor, teacher, mentor, entrepreneur, academic administrator and public policy advocate. After Galletti’s passing in 1997, AIMBE recognized its second president with the establishment of the award in 1999. Other honorees include Dr. Robert S. Langer and Dr. Shu Chien, both laureates of the National Medal of Science awarded by the White House.

Pettigrew, the first director of NIBIB and a class of 2003 fellow of AIMBE, was cited for contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering and promotion of the national interest in science, engineering and education in his role as director of NIBIB and for cutting-edge research in cardiovascular radiology diagnostic and treatment strategies.

“I am deeply honored to accept this award in recognition of work that really has been a labor of love: advancing the nation’s health through scientific discovery, innovation at the interface of engineering, the physical and life sciences and educating the next generation of diverse and interdisciplinary scientists,” said Pettigrew. He gave the Galletti Award Lecture at the conference, where he highlighted cutting-edge science funded by NIBIB and its innovative team-based training programs.

Pettigrew is also known for his pioneering research at Emory University involving 4-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

Haynes Named NIGMS Branch Chief

Dr. Susan Haynes

Dr. Susan Haynes is the new chief of the Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology (GDB). She is also serving as acting director of the division.

Haynes came to NIGMS in 2005 as a program director in GDB after 6 years as an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher and then a senior staff fellow in the NICHD Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, where she studied gene regulation during embryogenesis in fruit flies. She continued this research at USUHS.

At NIGMS, Haynes manages research grants in stem cell biology and regeneration as well as postdoctoral training grants in medical genetics. Her stem cellrelated activities also include developing funding initiatives, organizing workshops and serving on NIH committees.

Haynes earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Rockefeller University.

Philip, Expert on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Mourned

Dr. Robert Neil Philip

Dr. Robert Neil Philip, a former NIAID epidemiologist, died Jan. 30 of natural causes in Missoula, Mont. He was 89 years old.

Philip served for more than 30 years in the Public Health Service, including appointments at NIH in Bethesda from 1949 to 1956 and at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Mont., from 1960 to 1982. In addition to his duties as an epidemiologist, he served as assistant RML director from 1965 to 1979. He also conducted field research on tuberculosis and other infectious diseases while stationed in Alaska from 1956 to 1960.

Philip was recognized internationally for his contributions to the diagnosis and control of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a bacterial disease spread by ticks. His studies were reported in dozens of scientific journals and books.

Following retirement, Philip continued his passion for research. In 2000, he published Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Western Montana: Anatomy of a Pestilence. The book remains among the best accounts of the early days of infectious disease research in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and of the establishment of Rocky Mountain Laboratories, according to Dr. Marshall Bloom, RML associate director for scientific management.

“Bob was a very capable RML administrator and his studies on spotted fever and other zoonoses are still widely cited,” said Bloom, who worked with Philip for nearly 10 years.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., Philip spent his childhood and school years in Hamilton (his father, Dr. Cornelius B. Philip, had been at RML from 1930-1970, including as director 1962-1964). He earned his medical degree at the University of California and received a master of public health degree from Harvard University. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and five children.

NIAID’s Metcalfe Receives AAAAI Honor

Dr. Dean D. Metcalfe

Dr. Dean D. Metcalfe, chief of NIAID’s Laboratory of Allergic Diseases and its mast cell biology section, has received the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

Metcalfe is an expert on the mast cell, an immune cell that plays a key role in the induction of allergic inflammation. His laboratory studies the growth and differentiation of these cells, their communication during an allergic reaction and their release of compounds, such as histamine, that can lead to disease. He and his colleagues also conduct clinical studies to better understand, prevent and treat allergic conditions such as anaphylaxis (the most severe type of allergic reaction) and mastocytosis (a group of rare disorders in which the body produces too many mast cells). His efforts have helped to identify disease-causing mutations in mast cell disorders and to better understand how mast cells receive signals from the immune system.

Metcalfe is a past president of AAAAI. He also is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He has been chief of the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases since 1995.

NIAMS Holds Forum on Career Development Awards

Drs. Susana Serrate-Sztein (front, l) and Marie Mancini (front, second from l) and Drs. Joan McGowan (front, second from r) and Amanda Boyce (front, r) and NIAMS leadership—director Dr. Stephen Katz (front, c) and deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (rear, second from r).

NIAMS recently hosted a career development forum for extramural researchers who are in the third year of a mentored clinical scientist development (K08) or patient-oriented research (K23) grant. In addition to the K awardees, the forum included physician-scientists who recently received R01 awards and established researchers who held an open discourse on the challenges junior investigators face when pursuing research independence. It also provided an opportunity for K awardees (shown above) to interact with NIAMS program officials. These included Drs. Susana Serrate-Sztein (front, l) and Marie Mancini (front, second from l) and Drs. Joan McGowan (front, second from r) and Amanda Boyce (front, r) and NIAMS leadership—director Dr. Stephen Katz (front, c) and deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (rear, second from r).

back to top of page