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  • Twenty-four students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 56th Convocation | Newswire
    of stem cell biology and therapeutic tissue regeneration Gurdon has a Ph D in zoology from Oxford University and joined Cambridge University in 1972 where he has remained since He is also chairman of the Wellcome Trust and the Cancer Research Campaign Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology which was named the Gurdon Institute in his honor in 2004 Julian Robertson an investor environmentalist and philanthropist is co founder of Tiger Management which he built from an original capital base of 8 million into one of the world s largest hedge funds with capital of more than 23 billion In 1996 with his late wife Josie Robertson founded the Robertson Foundation to focus on high impact grants in education the environment and medical research Among the foundation s major initiatives are active support of New York City s public education reform scholarships at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill combating global warming and funding medical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller He has been a member of Rockefeller s Board of Trustees since 2001 Shinya Yamanaka discovered that just four genes have the ability to re program adult skin cells allowing them to become induced pluripotent stem cells iPS cells a state similar to that of embryonic stem cells Like embryonic stem cells iPS cells have the capacity to differentiate into multiple cell types within the body and they are a potential source of matched tissue for therapeutic transplantation Yamanaka received his medical degree from Kobe University and his Ph D from Osaka City Graduate School He has been on the faculty of Osaka City University Medical School the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and the University of California San Francisco and is currently director of the Center for iPS Cell

    Original URL path: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2014/06/12/twenty-four-students-receive-ph-d-s-at-rockefellers-56th-convocation/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Rockefeller ranks first in scientific impact among list of global institutions | Newswire
    previous surveys This year the number of institutions covered was expanded from 500 to 750 and smaller institutions Rockefeller among them were added Rockefeller is ranked above MIT Harvard UC Berkeley and Stanford which occupy the next four slots in the ranking The top 50 universities with the highest percentage of frequently cited publications is strongly dominated by U S institutions with a few international institutions from the United Kingdom Switzerland and Israel also achieving top 50 ranks The 750 institutions on the full list represent 49 countries The CWTS Leiden Ranking differs from other university rankings in its strict focus on citation impact and its advanced bibliometric methodology publications that have been withdrawn for instance because of scientific misconduct are excluded and differences between scientific fields in citation and collaboration practices are accounted for The university published 1033 papers in the three year period according to Leiden s methodology Of those 29 1 percent were among the top ten percent most frequently cited The Leiden ranking is evidence of something that our friends and colleagues already know that the research Rockefeller scientists conduct has an impact that echoes internationally says Marc Tessier Lavigne the university s president Despite our

    Original URL path: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2014/05/16/rockefeller-ranks-first-in-scientific-impact-among-list-of-global-institutions/ (2016-02-13)
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  • NY City Council approves new Rockefeller laboratory building | Newswire
    second to house a cafeteria Viewed from the west the building would conform to the existing contours of the campus and would be invisible from the rest of the neighborhood As part of the project the university will make repairs and improvements worth 8 million to the portion of the East River Esplanade adjacent to its campus A popular walking running and biking path located between the FDR Drive and the East River the East River Esplanade is one of just a few open green spaces on the densely populated Upper East Side Rockefeller will also establish a 1 million endowment to maintain this section of the esplanade in perpetuity and will make a 150 000 contribution to Friends of the East River Esplanade a conservancy devoted to encouraging the restoration and renovation of the full length of the esplanade from 60th to 120th Streets It will also increase by 20 percent its public programming giving members of the community better access to scientific artistic and cultural events taking place on the campus Although the project makes use of air rights over the FDR that the university acquired in 1973 because of its location and complexity it required approval from several city agencies including the City Planning Commission the Department of Transportation the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Parks and Recreation It was also required to go through the city s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure ULURP which takes it before the Community Board and the City Council From a scientific perspective one of the key features of the building is its length which makes it possible to site multiple laboratories adjacent to one another helping to stimulate scientific interaction Currently many university laboratories are located in towers which can house just one to three labs per

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  • Rockefeller scientists among those involved in search for Higgs boson | Newswire
    CERN At Rockefeller ten scientists led by Konstantin Goulianos head of the Laboratory of Experimental High Energy Physics were involved in developing particle detectors that were deployed at CERN and in processing and reviewing data they collected The Higgs particle was discovered by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations each of which involves over 3 000 people from all around the world The sophisticated instruments they created to study proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider were designed to confirm the existence of the Higgs particle theorized by Franҫois Englert and Peter W Higgs this week s Nobel recipients The existence of the Higgs boson is critical to proving the so called Standard Model of physics that describes the fundamental particles from which we and all the visible matter in the universe are made along with the interactions that govern their behavior This experimental discovery is a testament to what can be achieved by a collaborative effort in which as in a ballet or opera the performance of every individual counts says Goulianos It has been a tremendous experience for our lab to have participated in a discovery that marks the end of an era in particle physics and as often

    Original URL path: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2013/10/10/rockefeller-scientists-among-those-involved-in-search-for-higgs-boson/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Trio of New York biomedical institutions join forces to accelerate drug development | Newswire
    Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute represents a novel partnership of academic institutions working together to more effectively develop therapeutics that arise from discoveries made in basic science labs Its focus is on the early stages of developing compounds that make possible all important proof of concept studies those that increase the likelihood that targeting a specific biologic pathway can favorably alter the course of a disease Furthermore the institute s partnership with Takeda a global research based pharmaceutical company with a strong record of bringing new medicines to market will benefit drug discovery work at all three institutions This institute will greatly enhance the ability of basic science labs at the three institutions to translate their discoveries into new medicines says Marc Tessier Lavigne president of The Rockefeller University This exciting collaboration between academic institutions will also serve as a link between institutional researchers and industry experts in medicinal chemistry compound screening and drug development It s a partnership that will help lower barriers in the drug discovery process and ultimately lead to new therapies for some of our most difficult and deadly diseases The independent nonprofit institute which will have its own scientific advisory board and board of directors will build a strong bridge between early stage research discoveries and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents for myriad health challenges reflecting the diverse interests of the member institutions faculty Projects that will be tackled could range from addressing the developing world s most deadly diseases tuberculosis and malaria among them to Alzheimer s cancer HIV heart disease and obesity to neglected or orphan diseases that afflict small numbers of people The institute will select research projects that hold the greatest scientific promise and present the most innovative hypotheses Each scientist s home institution will retain its intellectual property

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  • 17 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 55th Convocation | Newswire
    the degree by his or her mentor a tradition dating back to the university s first commencement ceremony in 1959 Blobel who has conducted research at The Rockefeller University since 1967 was the sole recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine His research has answered a fundamental question of biology How does a cell manage to distribute its large repertoire of proteins to many distant cellular addresses Greengard s studies have provided the framework for understanding how cells in the nervous system communicate with each other via neurotransmitters A member of the Rockefeller University faculty since 1983 he shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries which have shed light on the biological mechanisms that underlie movement perception thought memory and emotion James Simons is chairman of the Simons Foundation an organization dedicated to extending the frontiers of basic science and founder and chairman of Renaissance Technologies an investment management company that pioneered the use of quantitative analysis to make investment decisions A mathematician he served as chairman of the mathematics department of The State University of New York at Stony Brook and has taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University Marilyn Simons president of the Simons Foundation works to advance research in the basic sciences and mathematics through a broad range of programs designed to promote a deeper understanding of our world Under her guidance the Simons Foundation has grown to become one of the country s leading private funders of basic research Through its online news division Simons Science News the foundation has also become and important voice for enhancing public understanding of science The graduating students are Pinar Ayata Nicole Bowles Fabio Casadio Emily Conn Gantman Teresa Davoli Paul Daniel Dossa Amy Grunbeck Ryan W King

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  • Rockefeller hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron | Newswire
    Greengard Cameron center learns about research on neurodegenerative disorders underway at Rockefeller from left to right Cynthia Duggan Dominik Paquet Olav Olsen and Tessier Lavigne Photo by Mario Morgado The Prime Minister was accompanied by George Freeman Member of Parliament and Adviser to the UK Government on Life Sciences Tim Luke a Senior Adviser on Business Trade and Innovation and Danny Lopez the British Consul General in New York The visit grew out of the Prime Minister s deep interest in research on dementia Last year he launched the Prime Minister s Challenge on Dementia his government s commitment to dramatically speed up how dementia diagnosis and therapy are approached and how research is conducted On the same day as Mr Cameron s visit to Rockefeller University the UK government announced that it will use its presidency of the G8 this year to identify and agree on an international approach to dementia research in recognition that the condition is fast becoming the biggest pressure on health care systems around the world We are deeply grateful to the Prime Minister for including a visit to Rockefeller University on his trip and more importantly for championing the cause of research on dementia said Tessier Lavigne It is enormously encouraging to scientists when government leaders take a strong and active role in advancing our work Earlier in the day UK Life Sciences Adviser George Freeman discussed possible collaborative ventures with Barry S Coller Physician in Chief of The Rockefeller University Hospital David Rockefeller Professor and head of the Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology The Rockefeller University has many connections with the UK Tessier Lavigne a former Rhodes Scholar who conducted postdoctoral research at University College London is one of seven Rockefeller scientists who are Fellows of the Royal

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  • Nobel laureate Christian de Duve dies at 95 | Newswire
    parasitic diseases arthritis and chemotherapy In each area the lysosome proved to be of special value In his later years his investigations shifted from biochemistry and cell biology to the mechanisms whereby life arose on our planet He was particularly interested in the manner in which chemistry and natural selection joined to produce the first living cells and in the significance of those events as they relate to the place of life in the universe including the possibility of extraterrestrial life de Duve was the author of more than a dozen books including A Guided Tour of the Living Cell Blueprint for a Cell Vital Dust Life as a Cosmic Imperative Life Evolving Molecules Mind and Meaning Singularities Landmarks on the Pathways of Life and his final book Genetics of Original Sin The Impact of Natural Selection on the Future of Humanity de Duve a Belgian citizen was born in Thames Ditton England on October 2 1917 He received a degree of doctor of medicine surgery and obstetrics from the University of Louvain in 1941 and continued his research there earning the equivalent of a Ph D in 1945 and a master of science degree in chemistry in 1946 He then worked at the Nobel Institute in Stockholm with Hugo Theorell and at Washington University in St Louis Missouri with Earl Sutherland under Carl and Gerty Cori before returning to the University of Louvain Medical School in 1951 as professor of biochemistry de Duve was appointed professor at Rockefeller in 1962 continuing a part time appointment at the University of Louvain He was named Andrew W Mellon Professor at Rockefeller in 1974 and he became professor emeritus in 1988 In 1975 de Duve created the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology in Brussels In 1985 he became professor emeritus

    Original URL path: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2013/05/06/nobel-laureate-christian-de-duve-dies-at-95/ (2016-02-13)
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