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Tirin Moore

Carolyn Russo

Geoffrey Gurtner

Tirin Moore, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, is the recipient of the Troland Research Award presented by the National Academy of Sciences. Moore is being honored for fundamental and insightful contributions to our understanding of the neuronal mechanisms that control directed visual attention. The Troland Research Awards are grants of $50,000 given annually to young investigators to recognize unusual achievement and to further their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology. An awards ceremony for the recipients will take place on April 26 during the NAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Russo, MD, has been appointed associate professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, as of Jan. 1. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Stanford in 1990, and was previously on the medical faculty at both Stanford University and UC-San Francisco. She plans to conduct research on innovative therapies for children with brain cancer, and engage in palliative care at Packard Children's.

Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, has been promoted to professor of surgery, as of Jan. 1. His lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of new blood vessel growth following injury and how pathways of tissue regeneration and fibrosis interact in wound healing.

David Clark, MD, PhD, has been promoted to professor of anesthesia at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System as of Jan. 1. His research interests include behavioral and biochemical investigations of pain and analgesic mechanisms. Clark, who leads the pain management service at the VAPAHCS, is also interested in acute and chronic pain management. He has a particular interest in the efficacy of opioids and other, newer drugs for pain management in a wide variety of clinical situations.