Posts tagged: Anne B. Young

New Acquisition: the Anne B. Young Papers

By , January 9, 2013
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Anne B. Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Anne Buckingham Young (1947- ), B.A., 1969, Vassar College; M.D., 1973, and Ph.D., 1974, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, is a researcher, clinician, and educator in the field of Neurology. Dr. Young has acted as Chief of the Neurology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and as the Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School since 1991. She is the first woman to be appointed chief of service at Massachusetts General Hospital and the second woman to be elected president of the American Neurological Association.  Her research is focused primarily on neurotransmitter systems in the basal ganglia and their role in Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; along with her late husband, John B. Penney, Jr., Young developed one of the most widely cited models of basal ganglia function.  In 2001 she founded the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease.  Dr. Young is the only person to act as president of both the International Society for Neuroscience and the American Neurological Association.

Young grew up in the North Shore suburb of Chicago and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins in a combined M.D./Ph.D. track. She and her husband, John B. Penney, took residences at the University of California-San Francisco in the late 1970s and began working with patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease. Starting in 1981, Young and Penney, until his death in 1999, were involved with the long-term study of a large family on the shores of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. The family had many and multi-generational incidences of Huntington’s Disease. The biological specimens from this study helped researchers in the United States to discover the genetic marker for Huntingon’s Disease in 1983 and the main gene in 1993. Young’s work has also resulted in a widely used model of basal ganglia function.

The Anne Young papers, 1969-2007, consist of grants and research records, correspondence, presentation and lecture materials, and other items related to Young’s work on neurodegenerative diseases. Notably, the Anne Young papers also include one of our largest acquisitions of electronic records to date – comprised of over 8 GB of digital images, manuscripts, and other files documenting Dr. Young’s work.

Selected New Acquisitions

By , April 16, 2012

Over the past six months, acquisitions staff has been busy. In addition to collections already profiled here in CHoM News, the Center has acquired these important collections:

• Jonathan R. Beckwith papers, 1969-2009. Jonathan R. Beckwith is American Cancer Society Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Beckwith and his laboratory have worked in the areas of gene expression, the mechanism of protein secretion, the structure and function of membrane proteins, and the disulfide bond formation in proteins and cell division. In 1969, Beckwith led the research group that isolated the first gene from a bacterial chromosome. Beckwith has also been active in public discussions of issues related to the social impact of genetics. From 1989 to 1995, he was a member of the Working Group on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project for the National Center for Human Genome Research, National Institutes of Health, and from 1990 to 1993, he was president of the board of directors at Science for the People, an organization focused on the misuse of science.

• Melvin W. First papers, 1950-2010. Melvin W. First (1914-2011) was Professor of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Harvard University School of Public Health from 1971 to 1984, Associate Professor of Applied Industrial Hygiene at the same institution from 1963 to 1971, and Toxicologist and Industrial Hygiene Engineer with both the Detroit Department of Health and the Michigan Department of Health in Lansing between 1936 and 1941.

• Melvin J. Glimcher papers, 1960-2009. Melvin J. Glimcher is the Director of the Laboratory for Skeletal Disorders and Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital, Boston and is the Harriet M. Peabody Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Glimcher’s main area of research is within the general field of biologically mineralized tissues, such as bone and tooth.

• Martin S. Hirsch papers, 1967-2010. Martin S. Hirsch is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, a Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (1971-). Hirsch serves on the Executive Committee for Harvard Medical School’s Division of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. His main areas of research include pathogenesis and therapy of human infections with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

• Malkah T. Notman papers, 1970-2005. Malkah Tolpin Notman is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (1988-), a Psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (formerly Beth Israel Hospital), Boston (1973-), and faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute (1973-). Notman’s research interests focus on adult development, including the development and psychological functioning of women, in particular reproductive-psychological issues and the psychological aspects of new reproductive technologies.

• Arthur B. Pardee papers ,1950-2000. Arthur B. Pardee is known for his groundbreaking theoretical and technical contributions to the fields of molecular biology and cancer research, particularly developments related to the understanding and manipulation of cell growth and reproduction. He is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the “PaJaMo” experiment of the late 1950s.

• Anne B. Young, papers 1974-2007. Anne B. Young is Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Chief of the Neurology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Young was the first female chief of service at MGH and the second woman to be elected president of the American Neurological Association. Young has specialized in the study and treatment of neurological disorders, particularly basal ganglia disorders.

• Warren M. Zapol, papers, 1969-2004. Warren M. Zapol has been the Reginald Jenney Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School since 1991 and Anesthetist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1994. His research has focused on the mechanisms and treatment of acute respiratory failure as well as and the diving reflex in both humans and the Weddell seal.

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