Business Notes: Oct. 13

Oct. 13, 2010

Infertility causes studied by Shorewood researcher

The Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $416,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to investigate causes of infertility. Shorewood resident Paula Traktman, the Walter Schroeder Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Senior Associate Dean for Research Development, is principal investigator for the grant.

About one in seven couples worldwide have problems conceiving. About 10 million couples in the United States are affected by infertility, and about 2 million couples seek fertility treatments each year.

Dr. Traktman is researching the formation of sperm and egg cells in mice. Specifically, her work is focused on an enzyme known as the VRK1 protein kinase. When this enzyme is deficient, sperm and egg production in mammals appears to be compromised or halted, causing infertility.

Deeper understanding of how this enzyme functions within the body may lead to more effective fertility treatments as well as identifying new targets for male contraception.

Glendale home improvement business joins NARI

The Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the area's leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 49 years, announced that Elite Home Improvement Specialists, Glendale, has been accepted for membership.

As Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council members, companies and their staffs are dedicated to improving the quality and value of the homeowner's investment. NARI members are carefully screened and must observe the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Contractor members provide professional service and maintain the high standards of the Council.

Financial adviser makes Barron's Top 100 for third time

For the third time, River Hills resident Ronald Sadoff, founder of Sadoff Investment Management in Glendale, was recognized as one of America's Top 100 Independent Advisors by Barron's, the nation's premier financial weekly. The list was released in the Aug. 30 issue.

The Barron's survey rankings are based on both the size of an adviser's business, revenue generated, as well as the quality of the practice.

Sadoff Investment Management is a family-owned, fee-based independent investment advisory firm that has been in business since 1978.

Chicago-based clothing stores opens in Mequon

Three new stores have joined the Mequon Pavilions Shopping Center, 10918 N. Port Washington Road.

Chicago-based E Street is the fourth overall location of the popular clothing store and the first in the Milwaukee area. E Street offers designer jeans, apparel and shoes for both men and women.

Two other stores, E Street Girls & Guys and Free People Powered by E Street, also offer stylish designer clothing and apparel for both kids and young women, respectively.

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