AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 May 10

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

NIH on Wednesday released its FY 2013 Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards. ScienceInsider, a news site affiliated with Science/AAAS, has posted detailed mechanism tables for NIH as a whole and for the individual institutes and centers.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute on Thursday announced the selection of 27 new HHMI investigators from 19 institutions. According to HHMI, the investigators “will receive the flexible support necessary to move their research in creative new directions. The initiative represents an investment in basic biomedical research of approximately $150 million over the next five years.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Friday reported that Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine “say they’ve landed on an agreement that would bring millions of dollars more into the medical school and streamline the management structure to better respond to the changing health care landscape. The university’s Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal in which Fairview would contribute $90 million over the next decade to invest in more clinical research and on-site training, and help raise the academic hospital’s national standing.” According to the article, the agreement has already been approved by the Fairview board and the University of Minnesota Physicians

The IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics reported this week that U.S. spending on medicines was down one percent in 2011. This is the first drop since data collection began in 1957. The Reuters’ summary of the report noted, “Adjusting for population, per capita spending fell 3.5 percent to $898.” According to the report, the largest single factor in the drop was the availability of a generic version of Lipitor.

The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California on Friday announced that the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging will be moving to USC. USC said that, “A group of 110 faculty, researchers and multidisciplinary staff will bring their leading brain-mapping and neuroimaging expertise to the university.” Among those moving are Dr. Arthur W. Toga, professor of neurology and co-director of the Division of Brain Mapping in the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, and Dr. Paul Thompson, professor of neurology and psychiatry at UCLA. Dr. Toga is director of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI).

A commentary in Friday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch by Dr. Jason D. Weber, a cancer researcher at Washington University School of Medicine, discusses “The harsh reality of cutting medical research.”

The new issue of The New Yorker features a profile of Dr. Joseph Lieber, a diagnostician and clinical educator who works at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. He is a member of the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. (A subscription may be necessary to access the full article.)

Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), introduced legislation in the Senate and House this week “that promotes science education and celebrates scientific achievement by establishing an official Science Laureate of the United States. The Science Laureate would be a nationally renowned expert in their field who would travel around the country to inspire future scientists. This new honorary position would be appointed by the President from nominees recommended by the National Academy of Sciences and serve for a term of 1-2 years.”

At the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine, E. Dale Abel, MBBS, DPhil, has been named the Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Diabetes Research Center and the John B. Stokes III, Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research, effective June 30, 2013. In addition, Dr. Abel will be professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and have a joint appointment as professor in Biochemistry. He is currently Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Human Genetics and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at the University of Utah.

In a blog posting on Wednesday, the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) highlighted the membership of the CBO’s Panel of Health Advisers. The panel is charged with providing expertise to CBO “on a variety of health care issues.”

Brown University has named Dr. David Savitz, currently professor of epidemiology in the Brown School of Public Health and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Alpert Medical School, as its next vice president for research. Dr. Savitz will begin his new post Sept. 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Clyde Briant.

The Missouri state legislature this week approved funding to allow the University of Missouri to expand its medical education activities in Springfield, Missouri. Pending approval by the governor and securing additional funds, a clinical campus would be established in conjunction with CoxHealth and Mercy Hospital Springfield.

The Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso recently announced the appointment of Veronica T. Mallett, M.D. as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Mallett is a urogynecologist and reconstructive pelvic surgeon who most recently served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of Healthcare Excellence, University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Our colleagues at PRIM&R will host a webinar titled “Convergence of Biomedical and Social/Behavioral Research: Implications for IRBs and Investigators,” on Tuesday, June 11, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. According to PRIM&R, the speakers “…will discuss the growing overlap between biomedical and social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) and use case studies from their work as investigators, IRB members, and ethics consultants in interdisciplinary research.”

The Institute of Medicine has announced that it will conduct an “Independent Review and Assessment of the Activities of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.” Bruce M. Altevogt, Ph.D, will serve as study director. Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., of the Georgetown University Law Center, will chair the panel which will hold its initial meeting on June 4.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announced on Thursday the appointment of Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, as the Foundation’s next president, effective July 1. Dr. Gandhi currently serves as chief quality and safety officer at Partners Healthcare in Boston. She also will assume the role of president of the Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF.

Our colleagues at ELAM report that Mary Anne Delaney, M.D., has been appointed interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry, at Drexel University College of Medicine. Also at Drexel, Carol Lippa, M.D., has been appointed interim Chair, Department of Neurology.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has appointed Robert W. Buchanan, M.D., the Interim Director of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC). Dr. Buchanan is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the MPRC Outpatient Research Program. Longtime MPRC Director William T. Carpenter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, will step down this year but remain a full-time member of the faculty.

Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute has appointed Dr. Qing Yi as Chair of Cancer Biology. Dr. Yi was most recently a professor of medicine in the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, Division of Cancer Medicine, and Center for Cancer Immunology Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Jose Manuel de la Rosa, MD, was honored by the nation’s Latino doctors at the 17th Annual Conference of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which took place April 25-28 in Washington, DC. He was given the “Hispanic Physician of the Year Award.” Dr. de la Rosa is vice president for health affairs, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso and founding dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The honor is presented yearly to an outstanding physician who has played a significant leadership role in improving the health of Hispanics and the underserved.

Paul A. King has been named the new executive director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Mr. King is currently a senior executive at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Sharon Anderson, M.D., has been named interim chair of the Department of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Anderson currently serves as chief of medical service at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A member of the OHSU faculty since 1991, Dr. Anderson is a professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. She previously served as associate dean for faculty development in the School of Medicine. D. Lynn Loriaux, M.D., Ph.D., announced his intention to step down as chair of the Department of Medicine earlier this year. He has served as chair for almost 20 years.

Dr. Augustine M. K. Choi has been appointed chairman of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective Aug. 1, 2013. He is currently is the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Tony Mazzaschi

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