Akil, Ph.D., co-director of the Mental Health Research
Institute and the Gardner Quarton Distinguished University
Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry,
is president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience. The
Society comprises all fields of brain research and includes
more than 25,000 members. Akil will assume her role as
president in November.
Bishop, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery and
associate professor of microbiology and immunology, has
been named director of the Graduate Program in Immunology.
Bishop assumed his responsibilities on July 1, 2001.
M. Elner, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology
and visual sciences, has been selected to receive the
Lew Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness.
The award is given to mid-career scientists who are extensively
engaged in research and who are already recognized in
their field. Elners work deals with the role of
chemokines in causing inflammatory effects in many eye
diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment,
macular generation, and uveitris.
Ferrara, M.D., professor, Pediatrics and Communicable
Diseases and Internal Medicine, is the recipient of the
Humboldt Award for Research in Bone Marrow Transplants.
Only 40 Humboldt awards were given out in 2001 and of
those, only two were in the medical field. Ferraras
award has established a direct collaboration between U-M
and the University of Regensburg in Germany for new strategies
to make transplants safer.
Hayes, M.D., professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
and co-director, Breast Care Center, has been appointed
clinical director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Breast Oncology Program. In his new appointment, Hayes
will be responsible for directing clinical services and
overseeing the translation of basic breast cancer research
into clinical trials.
Jamerson (M.D. 1986), associate professor, Department
of Internal Medicine, and medical director of the Program
for Multicultural Health, has been elected to a one-year
term on the board of trustees of the International Society
on Hypertension in Blacks. As a trustee, Jamerson will
assume a leadership role to eliminate health disparities
among ethnic populations. The Society conducts accredited
professional medical education programs, research activities,
and patient and community education to address the disproportionate
rates of hypertension and cardiovascular disease among
ethnic minority populations.
Kileny, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, Pediatrics
and Communicable Diseases, received the prestigious Honor
Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head
and Neck Surgery. The Academy represents more than 11,000
physicians and allied health professionals who specialize
in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related
head and neck problems. The Academy serves its members
by providing a medium for the advancement of the science
and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing
the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues.
T. Lee, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Urology,
is one of four talented young investigators chosen by
the Board of the South-west Oncology Group after a rigorous
and competitive application process to participate in
the Young Investigators training course last
summer. Lee traveled to San Antonio, Texas, and Seattle,
Washington, where she received intensive training in statistical
principles, data collection and analysis, critical decision-making,
protocol development and other group procedures to learn
how to develop a clinical trial.
R. Lichter, M.D., the F. Bruce Fralick Professor and
chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
received a Life Achievement Honor from the American Academy
of Ophthalmology at its 2001 annual meeting. The award
is in recognition of his extensive contributions to the
Academys leadership and to its scientific and educational
programs. Lichter served for 17 years on the Academy board
of trustees. He is director of the Universitys W.K.
Kellogg Eye Center. His research and clinical interests
involve glaucoma, genetics, and clinical applications
of ultrafast laser technology. He has to his credit more
than 185 publications including scientific articles, editorials,
and book chapters. He is immediate past-president of the
Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and is a member
of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and the International
Council of Ophthalmology.
Markel (M.D. 1986), Ph.D., George E. Wantz Professor
of the History of Medicine, director of the Historical
Center for the Health Sciences, and associate professor
of pediatrics and communicable diseases, has been elected
to the American Pediatrics Society. The oldest and most
prestigious society in academic pediatrics in the U.S.,
it was founded in 1888 for the advancement of the study
of the diseases of infancy and childhood.
Metzger, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology
and of internal medicine, has been appointed director
of the Center for Integrative Genomics. The Center focuses
on the gene-organism-environment paradigm in genetically
Orringer, professor and head, Section of Thoracic
Surgery, and director, Thoracic Surgery Oncology Program,
in his capacity of president of the Society of Thoracic
Surgeons, met with President George W. Bush in July 2001.
Orringer and a small gathering of physician association
representatives met with Bush to discuss the Patients
Bill of Rights and other medical and health policy issues.
The White House invited leaders of 12 specialty medical
societies to frankly discuss with the president specific
issues that impact the quality of health care in the U.S.
Taheri, M.D., associate professor of surgery, has
been named assistant dean for academic business development.
Taheri will serve as the focal point for the development
of the business aspects of clinical, educational and research
initiatives for the Deans Office. He will work to
leverage the expertise of the Medical Schools faculty
and staff to address strategic issues, develop new products
and to partner with U-M colleges and outside entities.
Voorhees (M.D. 1963, Residency 1969), professor and
chair of the Department of Dermatology, was elected an
honorary member of the Philippine Dermatological Society
by its board of directors. This appointment was awarded
in recognition of Voorheess distinguished service
to the Society, including being a featured speaker at
the PDS annual convention.
Warber, M.D. (Residency 1997), lecturer, Department
of Family Medicine, and co-director, U-M Complementary
and Alter-native Medicine Research Center, has been named
to the WomenHearts Scientific Advisory Board, a
20-member panel of prominent American physicians and nurses.
The board provides policy direction and scientific expertise
to WomenHeart, the only national patient advocacy group
to represent the concerns of the eight million women living
with heart disease.
Xu, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological chemistry,
received a 2001 Pew Scholars Award. The Pew Charitable
Trusts awards are granted to young investigators who show
outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences.
These awards are intended to encourage scholarly innovation
and to help researchers advance the state of knowledge
in the biomedical sciences. The awards provide support
to the scholars as they establish their laboratories and
continue their research in the areas of AIDS, cancer,
childhood diseases and diseases affecting the elderly.