"I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. My general research interests include functional morphology, locomotion, ontogeny, and evolution. Much of my work focuses on the primate axial skeleton. My dissertation research evaluated fundamental shifts in the vertebral column that occurred during the course of ape evolution, including loss of an external tail, and adaptations to more upright posture and bipedal locomotion, using a variety of morphometric techniques."
Carol Shoshkes Reiss
"...My research interests are viral immunology, ranging from innate to neuroimmunology to cellular signaling as well as molecular aspects, and pathogenesis of infection. My lab has been studying the interaction between vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) and the mouse. We are probing the role of the immune system in clearance of viral infections from the central nervous system and use many research tools including knockout hosts. Areas of research in the lab include analysis of the components involved in the breakdown of the blood-brain-barrier during viral infection, cytokine-triggered responses in the CNS, including signal transduction and down-stream events. We are studying the molecules which recruit different cells (neutrophils, natural killer, lymphocytes and macrophages) from the peripheral circulation to the CNS to fight the infection. We have been investigating the many roles of lipids in the innate immune response to infection; the effects of drugs which target cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase and peroxisome proliferators activating receptor-gamma, as well as statins and cannabanoids are being investigated for their contribution to the disease pathogenesis. The role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen intermediates in both clearance of virus and immunopathology are being studied. The mechanism(s) by which distinct interferons suppress viral replication in neurons is another area of focus. We are also engaged in a microarray analysis of cytokine and viral infection-induced changes in the expression of mRNA by neurons. The infection and recovery of the olfactory neuroepithelium are under investigation; these studies will be extended to examine behaviors which are associated with the sense of smell and thus may be altered by olfactory system infection. (Figure 4). A new area of research is investigating neuroinflammation in seizure disorders."
"Dr. Valerie Iddison [was] Chief Medical Officer and a member of the [Vaccinex] Company’s Executive Team. Dr. Iddison will provide medical guidance, strategic leadership and oversight of Vaccinex’s clinical development programs, including selection of target indications, protocol design and design of clinical monitoring end-points. Dr. Iddison received her medical degree from the University of Nantes in France and has extensive experience in clinical development and product launch in the fields of immuno-oncology and infectious disease. After several years at the French pharmaceutical company, Ipsen, and at Amgen, France, Dr. Iddison served in the position of European Medical Director, Oncology Clinical Development at GlaxoSmithKline in the United Kingdom. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Executive team at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), most recently in the position of Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs, Oncology. In her capacity as Head of Global Medical Affairs for the Immuno-Oncology portfolio at BMS, Dr. Iddison was responsible for key products in the BMS pipeline." Dr Valerie now works at Novartis.