Children's Hospital Investigators Elected to The American Society for Clinical Investigation

05/7/2009

Jake Kushner, M.D., Division of Endocrinology; Peter Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery; and Valder Arruda, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Hematology, have been elected to The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in honor of their outstanding achievements in biomedical research.

Drs. Kushner, Gruber, and Arruda joined eight other Children’s Hospital investigators who were elected to the ASCI for reaching significant milestones as physician-scientists relatively early in their careers.

Dr. Kushner is a pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital. His research aims to improve diabetes treatment by restoring and preserving insulin secretion in order to delay or prevent long-term complications. He is currently leading a study on the growth and survival of insulin-secreting beta cells.

As an attending pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gruber’s research centers on the molecular basis of congenital heart disease. His lab focuses on characterizing molecular mechanisms that regulate cardiac morphogenesis, understanding regenerative abilities of the heart, and identifying novel loci that contribute to the development of congenital heart disease through genomic approaches.

Dr. Arruda’s lab conducts studies that examine the development of gene therapy treatments for blood coagulation disorders. These studies could also lead to the improvement and understanding of the interface of blood coagulation and inflammation and the identification of novel therapeutic strategies for coagulation disorders and other diseases.
Established in 1908, the ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest honor societies. Its members are dedicated to the advancement of research that improves the treatment of human diseases.