Photo of Michelle Soltero
Jan 14, 2003

The award, provided by funds given in memory of Dr. Leirmo by her husband, consists of $250, and will be awarded at the departmental poster session on February 7. The award is designated for a graduate or postdoctoral student who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo, who received her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biochemistry in 1989 and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died tragically in an accident in October 1990. Dr. Leirmo was widely acknowledged among her fellow students and colleagues both as a promising researcher and as...

Photo of John Suttie
Oct 10, 2002

John Suttie, emeritus professor of biochemistry at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has received the 22nd annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. He was honored for outstanding experimental work that has defined the molecular action of vitamin K and its function in blood clotting. Suttie accepted the award Oct. 10 in Madison, following a symposium held in his honor on vitamin K-dependent proteins and their clinical use.

Photo of Hector DeLuca
Sep 30, 2002

A novel form of vitamin D has been shown to grow bone in the lab and in experimental animals, a result that holds promise for the estimated 44 million Americans, mostly post-menopausal women, who suffer from or are at risk for the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis.

The research, conducted by a team of scientists led by biochemist Hector F. DeLuca at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was reported this week (Sept. 30) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a leading scientific journal.

Photo of James Ntambi
Aug 12, 2002

By subtracting a single gene from the genome of a mouse, scientists have created an animal that can eat a rich, high-fat diet without adding weight or risking the complications of diabetes, according to a new study published this week.

Writing in the online editions of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), James M. Ntambi, a professor of biochemistry and of nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues report that mice lacking a gene known as SCD-1 can eat a rich high-fat diet and avoid the consequences of fat deposition and excess...