recognition and accomplishments
Francisco J. Alvarez-Leefmans, M.D., Ph.D.,
professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is an author and co-editor of a
new book containing work by some of the leading global experts in neuroscience
and medicine. Physiology and Pathology of Chloride Transporters and Channels
in the Nervous System: From Molecules to Diseases, published by Elsevier Press in 2009, is a comprehensive exploration of
the molecular structure and function of chloride transporters and channels and
their impact on various neurological diseases and conditions such as epilepsy,
deafness, pain, brain edema and brain tumors.
In addition to authoring or coauthoring several of the book’s 30 chapters,
Alvarez-Leefmans served as the book’s co-editor, along with Eric Delpire, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt
University, who served briefly as a research associate at Wright State 20 years
ago. Other Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty contributing
to the book include Norma Adragna, Ph.D., professor
of pharmacology and toxicology; Mauricio Di Fulvio, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology; and Peter
Lauf, M.D., emeritus professor of pathology and
Adragna, Lauf and Ameet Chimote, Ph.D., also published the article “Ion transport in a human lens epithelial cell line exposed to hyposmotic and apoptotic stress” in the April 2010 edition of the Journal of Cell Physiology. The paper was published as Chimote's doctoral thesis work under Lauf's supervision in Wright State's Biomedical Scieinces Ph.D. program.
Yanfang Chen, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, associate
professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received a Basic Science Research
Award from the American Diabetes Association. The three-year award, which
will provide $300,000 in funding through 2013, is entitled “Enhancing the
SDF-1a/CXCR4 pathway in EPCs Based Vasoregenesis Therapy for Diabetic Stroke.”
The award was announced in the Spring 2010 edition of the ADA Professional
He also received an R01 grant entitled “Balance of Angiotensin
II/Angiotensin (1-7): A Target in Ischemic Stroke” from the National
Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which provides
$1,467,482 in funding through 2014.
Julie Gentile, M.D., associate professor of
psychiatry, director of Medical Student Mental Health Services, and medical
director for the Consumer Advocacy Model, received the 2009 NADD Contribution to Clinical Practice Award from
the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD).
Gentile received her award during a ceremony at the 26th NADD Annual Conference
in New Orleans in October.
Courtney E. W. Sulentic, Ph.D., assistant professor
of pharmacology and toxicology, is serving as president-elect of the Ohio
Valley Society of Toxicology, the regional chapter of the
national/international Society of Toxicology. She assumed her duties in
May following a one-year term as vice president of the organization, and she will
become president in May 2011. Her leadership role means that Wright State will
host the chapter’s annual meeting in the fall of 2011.
James Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP, Oscar Boonshoft Chair and director
of the Center for Global Health
Systems, Management, and Policy; director of the Master of Public Health
Program and the Boonshoft Physician Leadership Development Program; and associate
professor of community health and pediatrics, attended the 2009 fall meeting of
the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control. During the
meeting, the Consortium presented Ebert with a plaque recognizing the designation of
the center’s Health
Systems Management Program as a Center of Excellence for its work to promote
management of cardiovascular disease.
Mariana Morris, Ph.D., chair and professor of
pharmacology and toxicology and assistant vice president for graduate studies, attended
the “Call to Action” conference of the “U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to
Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality.” The
conference, held at Morehouse College in Atlanta in May, featured an
international digital town hall and panel presentations on economic
empowerment, environmental justice, civil rights and education, and access to
the justice system. Morris is a member of the Action Plan’s Steering
Group sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Joint Action Plan was
signed in 2008 to promote ongoing
collaboration between the two governments to eliminate racial and ethnic
discrimination and promote equality of opportunity in both countries.
In addition, Morris, Khalid Elased, Ph.D., R.Ph., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology,
and Ajay Kumar Sharma, graduate
student in biomedical sciences, gave presentations at the 2010 American
Diabetes Association meeting in Orlando, Florida, in June.
Sabrina Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor
of community health, was appointed faculty advisor for the Boonshoft Physician
Leadership Development Program in the Center for Global Health Systems,
Management, and Policy. Neeley, who joined the faculty in 2009, is also the course director for the population medicine
competencies in the medical school and participates in ongoing collaborative
research and teaching at the center.
Dean Parmelee, M.D., FAACAP,
dean for academic affairs and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, co-authored
an article in the special Flexner Centenary issue of Academic
Medicine, published in February 2010. The issue contains articles celebrating the
transformational report on American medical education written by Abraham
Flexner and published by the Carnegie Foundation in 1910. “Professional Formation:
Extending Medicine’s Lineage of Service Into the Next Century” explores the
importance of compassion and service alongside technical proficiency in a
balanced medical education.
Glenn Hamilton, M.D., vice chair and
executive director of the National Center for Medical Readiness and professor of emergency medicine, was honored by
the Society for Academic
Emergency Medicine’s Academy
for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) in June. The organization
awarded Hamilton its 2010 AWAEM Honorary Award in recognition of his strong and
consistent advocacy for women in emergency medicine and his vision for AWAEM.
Faculty and residents of the Department of Emergency Medicine gave
presentations and led workshops for the Wilderness Medicine Expo at the 2010 Adventure Summit held on campus
in March and cosponsored by WSU and Five Rivers Metroparks. Presenters
affiliated with the department include Brian Springer, M.D., FACEP, assistant professor, sports medicine director, and associate
director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program; Jason R. Pickett, M.D., clinical instructor; chief resident Michael Hixson, M.D.;
and residents Maj. Jacqueline Percy, M.D., and Chris Calvert, M.D.