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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2004

WSU Appoints Timothy Cope, Ph.D., as Chair for the
Department of Anatomy and Physiology

Timothy Cope, Ph.D.DAYTON, Ohio--Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D., has been appointed chair and professor for the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Wright State University, effective November 1.

Dr. Cope earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees inkinesiology at the University of California Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in physiology at Duke University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington, and served as a research associate for the Brain Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles.

He comes to Wright State from Emory University School of Medicine where he served as professor in the Department of Physiology and as an active member of the Neuroscience Program. Cope has also served as faculty in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He received the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, and the Graduate School Distinguished Faculty of the Year award from Hahnemann University.

The ability to recruit a chair of Cope's caliber speaks volumes about the future of biomedical research and education at Wright State. "Dr. Cope's impressive track record of interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of research and teaching is a perfect match for our community based institution," says Howard M. Part, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. Michele G. Wheatly Ph. D., Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, concurs "Dr. Cope has a very comprehensive understanding of the role of life science researchers in training future scientists, both in the classroom and at the bench."

Cope's research activity focuses upon spinal cord neurophysiology, particularly the recovery of neuromuscular function after nerve and spinal cord injury. Cope will bring to the university several funded research projects that complement current research efforts. Areas of research strengths within the department include neuroscience, membrane transport, molecular and biophysical aspects of signaling, structure-function relationships, immunology and virology.

A prolific author, Cope has published more than 50 research articles in refereed journals 9 book chapters, as well as editing, reviewing, and writing abstracts for books and other publications.

Cope is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physiological Society. He has served as chairman, organizer, and invited speaker for national lectureships and seminars throughout his career. He has also served on various local, national, and international committees, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Neurology B Study Section for National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also served as Ad Hoc Reviewer for NINDS IFCN-3 Review Committee and as Ad Hoc Reviewer for NINDS IFCN5 Study Section.

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology is based on the main campus and is matrixed with both the School of Medicine and the College of Science and Mathematics. Faculty members hold appointments in both colleges and provide instruction in the undergraduate, graduate and medical curricula. Undergraduate courses serve primarily pre-medical, pre-nursing and nursing students while graduate programs are open to master's students pursuing degrees in anatomy or physiology and biophysics as well as doctoral students in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program. Additionally, the department supports the curriculum in the School of Medicine and training in clinical anatomy is offered to residents in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Surgery in addition to a wide variety of allied health professionals.