Children's Physician Receives National Award - Andrew Scharenberg, MD

Seattle: Andrew Scharenberg, MD, has been recognized as the 2002 national recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, honoring him as one of the most accomplished young scientists in pediatrics.


Seattle: Andrew Scharenberg, MD, has been recognized as the 2002 national recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, honoring him as one of the most accomplished young scientists in pediatrics.

Dr. Scharenberg received a plaque and honorarium during the Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting on May 6, 2002, in Baltimore, Md. In addition to his role as a physician in Children’s department of immunology, Dr. Scharenberg is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the departments of immunology, infectious diseases and rheumatology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Immunology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Society for Pediatric Research has given the Young Investigator award since 1983 to recognize young physicians who are embarking on a career in investigative pediatrics. Dr. Scharenberg was honored for his work on understanding signaling pathways and other processes present in immune cells that are controlled by the action of calcium-permeable ion channels. Bruder Stapleton, MD, pediatrician-in-chief of Children’s, nominated Dr. Scharenberg for his work in characterizing a new class of proteins which function as both enzymes and ion channels and providing novel insights into the role of ion fluxes in immune cell function. Deeper knowledge of the immune system will begin to explain the fundamental causes of childhood disorders for which we had little understanding and to offer new and more specific therapeutic approaches for immunological diseases.

“These proteins allow the flow of magnesium and calcium into immune cells,” said Dr. Scharenberg. “By understanding the processes which regulate them, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of immune cell function which may lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to immune disorders.”

Dr. Scharenberg was also recently appointed to the review staff of the Faculty of 1000, an online research service. Faculty of 1000 highlights and reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of over 1000 selected leading researchers. The service provides scientists with a continuously updated insider’s guide to the most important papers within any given field of research by systematically organizing and evaluating the mass of information within scientific literature.

Dr. Scharenberg received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1990 and completed his residency at UNC Children’s Hospital in 1993. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Pediatric Scientist Development Program at the National Institute of Health and at the Division of Experimental Pathology, Beth Israel Hospital. Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Scharenberg was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

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