In honor of Acromegaly Awareness Day, the Pituitary Network Association decided to check in with the grande dame of our PNA members; Helen MacGregor. Mrs. MacGregor is 90 years young – making her the oldest pituitary patient in the country, to our knowledge, and a true medical miracle.
Helen grew up in Minnesota and spent summers at the family home on Cape Cod. She has degrees from Wellesley and Fuller Theological Seminary. She also took part in the PhD program in archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. She married in 1957, and had two daughters. She taught history and archeology at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her husband passed away from cancer at the young age of 45.
This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Jamie Van Gompel with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There he serves as an Associate Professor in Neurosurgery and Otorhinolaryngology; the Program Director and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Neurologic Surgery; the Associate Program Director of the Neurosurgical Skull Base Oncology Fellowship; and the Program Director of the International Neurosurgery Fellowship. Dr. Van Gompel started out at the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, medical microbiology and immunology. He then proceeded to earn his M.D. there as well. He went on to complete a certificate program in clinical and translational research at the Mayo Clinic. He then did a fellowship in skull base and complex cranial surgery at the University of South Florida. He was kind enough to answer a series of questions from the PNA. Here are his answers:
This month the PNA Medical Corner showcases an article co-written Dr. Sylvia Asa, a member of the PNA’s Scientific Advisory Board. The study looked at the use of the transcription factor GATA3 to classify pituitary neuroendocrine tumors, they found that GATA3 immunoreactivity is linked to pituitary gonadotroph and TSH-producing tumors.
Knowledge is power and we believe keeping abreast of news on the research front is imperative. Each month in Highlights we feature a few of the top news stories, which you can read below. In addition, we update our website on a regular basis with the latest breaking news related to pituitary and hormonal disorders by gathering stories we think you'll be interested in from MD Linx, Medscape, MedPage Today, PubMed, Touch Endocrinology, News-Medical.net and WebMD.
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