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Goldman Named Ranson Professor

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September 12, 2006

CHICAGO --- Robert D. Goldman, Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and chair of the department of cell and molecular biology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Society for Cell Biology.

His president-elect term begins Jan. 1.

Goldman studies the structure and function of the cytoskeltal systems, which regulate the shape, behavior and internal organization of the components of cells. In particular, he and his colleagues study one of the major components of the cytoskeletal system known as intermediate filaments (IF).

Many human diseases  including motor neuron disease, premature aging diseases, cancer, cardiomyopathies and muscular dystrophies have been linked to changes in IF systems. Goldman and his fellow researchers are developing methods to determine the mechanisms underlying the alterations of IF in these and other diseases.

Goldman has published papers in many of the top journals including Science, Genes and Development, the Journal of Cell Biology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including an Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar Award and a MERIT Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) was founded in 1960 to bring the varied facets of cell biology together. The society's purpose is to promote and develop the field of cell biology. Its objectives are achieved through the scholarly dissemination of research at its Annual Meeting and Summer Meetings in its publications. The ASCB strives to ensure the future of basic scientific research by providing training and development opportunities for students and young investigators, and also by keeping Congress and the American public informed about the importance of biomedical research. Since its founding, the ASCB has grown to more than 11,000 members. Members are located throughout the United States and in 50 other countries.