Vol 3. Issue 32 / October 25, 2004


Ernest Beutler Elected to Institute of Medicine
Ernest Beutler, chair of The Scripps Research Institute's Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine and a long-time member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. "Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health," says Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg. "Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health."

Beutler's research examines the basic pathophysiology, population dynamics, and the factors modifying the clinical expression of a broad array of genetic disorders caused by mutations of single genes. Included are mutations of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and other enzymes that result in hemolytic anemia; mutations of glucocerebrosidase, which cause Gaucher disease, a lipid storage disorder; and mutations of genes that cause hemochromatosis, an iron storage disease.


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