Dr. Cynthia M. Dunn, a Former FISONS Executive, Assumes New Post at University of Rochester Medical Center

August 14, 1996

Cynthia M. McGuire Dunn, M.D., formerly vice president for medical affairs at FISONS Pharmaceuticals of Rochester, New York, has been appointed director of the Office of Clinical Research and Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

As the first director of this newly created office, Dr. Dunn will focus on strengthening the Medical Center's ties with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, bringing them together for the conduct of research and clinical trials.

The Office of Clinical Research and Development serves as industry's single point of entry for the coordination of many Medical Center clinical research resources including personnel, facilities, community based medical practices, patients, and information systems.

The University of Rochester Medical Center ranks among the top 30 academic medical centers in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is the goal of the new Office of Clinical Research and Development to establish the Medical Center as a leader in both industry-sponsored and government-funded clinical research.

As part of her mission, Dr. Dunn will emphasize building more partnerships with community physicians in the Finger Lakes region "who see a wide diversity of patient populations, and it is this diversity that clinical trials need to be successful," she says. "At the same time, patients who participate in research trials and their doctors have the advantage of front-line therapies that may not be available elsewhere."

When Dr. Dunn left FISONS, she was vice president for medical affairs, in charge of global product development; in addition, she served as the company's principal clinical contact with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Rochester, Dr. Dunn received her medical degree from the University's School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in 1988 and then immediately joined FISONS as a clinical investigator.

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