Week 23 - June 8 | Down syndrome & Alzheimer's Disease
Week 24 - June 15 | Terry Dolan
#TBT A big part of the success of the Waisman Center is owed to the remarkable leadership it has had through the years. Terrence “Terry” Dolan was the longest-serving director of the Waisman Center, with exactly 20 years in the leadership role. One of his many legacies at Waisman is the building of the north tower, which now houses the brain imaging center, Waisman Biomanufacturing, and numerous biological labs. During his last years as director, he took a sabbatical to help establish a research center on childhood diseases and disabilities in Saudi Arabia. He retired from UW-Madison in May 2002.
Week 25 - June 22 | PKU / Kay Emerson
#TBT In the late 1950s, Kay Emerson became the first person in Wisconsin to be successfully treated for phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare metabolic condition that can cause severe intellectual and developmental disability if left untreated. She was treated by Harry Waisman, MD, PhD, who was a renowned PKU researcher and physician and who the Waisman Center is named after. He advocated to add PKU to the Newborn Screening Panel in Wisconsin.
Week 26 - June 29 | Jon Wolff
#TBT The work of late Waisman Center physician scientist, Jon Wolff, MD, on delivering DNA to muscle cells was foundational for the creation of the COVID-19 and other vaccines. At Waisman, he also directed the Biochemical Genetics Clinic and was a professor and division chief of genetics and metabolism in pediatrics. As a geneticist with expertise in treating metabolic disorders in children, Wolff also served as an advisory member for the Wisconsin Newborn Screening Program, helping create programs to detect metabolic and genetic conditions. In addition to establishing his own company, MirusBio, he also created a non-profit organization called Genetics Support Foundation to provide genetic counseling services to all.