Medical Center Honors Top Researchers

November 27, 2006

"These 83 scientists have achieved both prominence in their field and significant extramural research. We congratulate them on their performance and dedication in their chosen field."

More than 80 researchers, representing fields as diverse as biochemistry and molecular biology to environmental medicine, were honored this morning by University of Rochester Medical Center leadership for their contributions to scientific research for the better of mankind. The event, held in the Class of ’62 Auditorium from 8 to 11:30 a.m., was open to all faculty, staff and students.

Medical Center CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., opened the morning session, and was followed by four scientists from the Medical Center and Johns Hopkins, who lectured on a variety of research topics. A private recognition luncheon for the honorees was held after the morning lectures.

“This event was meant to recognize and showcase the immense talent we have here in the Medical Center,” said Regis O’Keefe, M.D., Ph.D., professor of orthopaedics and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Center. “These 83 scientists have achieved both prominence in their field and significant extramural research. We congratulate them on their performance and dedication in their chosen field.”

Morning Lectures

o       Randy N. Rosier, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester Medical Center: “Musculoskeletal Research: From Bed to Bench and Back Again.”  8:15 – 9 a.m.

o       Richard Phipps, Ph.D., professor, director of Lung Biology and Disease Program, University of Rochester Medical Center:  “Platelets: Sentinels of the Circulation.”  9 – 9:45 a.m.

o       Clara L. Kielkopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University: “Structural and Biophysical Means for Investigating Molecular Mechanisms of Human Genetic Disease:  Case Study of Protein-RNA Recognition.”  10 -10:45 a.m.

o       Art Moss, M.D., professor, director of Heart Research Follow-up Program, University of Rochester Medical Center:  “Genetic Aspects of Cardiac Arrhythmias.”  10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

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