Service to the Scientific Community

• National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, a program that facilitates high school students coming from across the country to Massachusetts for a 10-day program. On three dates during this time period, 30 students come to the Medical School to experience “clinical shadowing” and tours of our Cell Biology research facilities conducted by Cell Biology faculty and staff.

• The International Stem Cell Registry (ISCR) is a freely accessible, continuously updated, searchable database for the stem cell research community. The most comprehensive database on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and disease-specific induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cell lines, the ISCR currently provides published and validated unpublished information for over 1,500 cell lines from over 20 countries. The ISCR also includes a literature database of over 1,600 citations that are searchable by cell line name and keywords in the abstract. http://www.umassmed.edu/iscr/index.aspx

Rivera and Ariel JamesSummer Research Program to Increase Diversity Among Biomedical Researchers - Dr. Janet Stein, with Dr. Deborah Hines of our Department of Cell Biology, was successful in obtaining a grant from NIH to support this research opportunity for 30 minority students and/or economically disadvantaged college students from across the country. Department staff participate in making travel and housing arrangements for the students. Students are assigned to research labs for 10 weeks of laboratory research training. This highly competitive training grant has recently been renewed with Dr. Hines as PI and Dr. J. Stein as Co-PI.

• Kip Sluder (Department of Cell Biology) and David Wolf (Department of Physiology) have, for the past several years, directed a widely acclaimed course in microscopy at the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole. These are relevant topics from both fundamental regulatory and clinical perspectives that draw on the expertise of Cell Biology faculty who will coordinate the offerings which represent a current gap in our institutional advanced topics offerings.

• Dr. Jaime Rivera has been an instructor of the Molecular Embryology of the Mouse course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for the last two years and will continue for two more years. This course is the most prestigious course of its type worldwide. It brings together the top scientist in mammalian development and stem cell biology every summer in the beautiful setting of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, NY.

• Dr. Harvey Florman directs a course on Frontiers in Reproduction at the Marine Biology Laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole.

• Cell Biology faculty are officers in several professional societies which are instrumental in establishing and implementing research priorities. Faculty served in the capacity of Chairpersons of FASEB Summer Research Conferences, National Cancer Institute Think Tank/Workshop and Gordon Research Conferences, and Session Chairpersons of many scientific meetings.

• Four scientific journals: "Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression" (Gary Stein, Janet Stein and Jane Lian); “Journal of Cellular Biochemistry" (Gary Stein); “Molecular Biology Reports” (Gary Stein and André van Wijnen); and “Journal of Cellular Physiology” (Gary Stein and Harvey Florman) have Cell Biology faculty as Executive Editors.

• Cell Biology department faculty serve on the Editorial Boards of the following scientific journals: Molecular and Cellular Biology; Cancer Research; Journal of Cell Biology; Journal of Cellular Physiology; Journal of Cellular Biochemistry; Journal of Biological Chemistry; American Journal of Anatomy; The Anatomical Record; Anticancer Research; Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Bone; Calcified Tissue International; Cell Biology International, Cell Biology Monograph Series; Cell Biophysics; Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton; Cell and Tissue Kinetics; Chemtracts: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Edition; Clinical Anatomy; Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression; Genomics; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility; Endocrinology; Experimental Cell Research; Receptor; Gene; Molecular Biology Reports; Journal of Bone & Mineral Research; Journal of Orthopedic Research; Gene Regulation; Protist.

• Many grant review panels and scientific advisory boards include Cell Biology faculty including the National Institutes of Health (as chairs and members of study sections, institute oversight boards [National Science Foundation] and as ad hoc reviewers), March of Dimes, US Army Breast Cancer Program, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Science Foundation, Welcome Trust, Medical Research Council of Canada, Israel Science Foundation, State of Connecticut Stem Cell Program, Arthritis Foundation, National Osteoporosis Foundation, American Heart Association, Italian Ministry for Univ. and Research, Veteran’s Administration, Association for International Cancer Research (UK), Dutch Cancer Society, Whitehall Foundation, Ohio Cancer Research Associates, Terry Fox Foundation, Science Foundation Ireland, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In addition to service on research grant review panels several Cell Biology faculty are members of advisory councils involved in strategic planning for research initiatives by NIH institutes.  Scientific advisory committees for the Mayo Clinic, the National Research Council, the Japan Space Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Sbarro Health Research Institute, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, the Shriner’s Hospital, the Henry Ford Hospital, the Biological Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and several United States and international University programs include Cell Biology faculty members.

• Cell Biology faculty are consultants for several major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (e.g., Amgen, Wyeth Ayerst, Merck, Ciba Geigy, Proctor and Gamble, Glaxo, Bayer, Hoffman-LaRoche, Osiris, Pfizer, and Biomodels, LLC). Cell Biology faculty also serve as consultants to State of Massachusetts Regulatory Agencies.