According to a release published today to the University of Michigan Health System website, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has announced its newest members, which include three University of Michigan faculty members, who join fellow experts in health and medicine. The trio is part of a class of 70 professionals from the United States and 10 foreign associates.
The election of James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., Arline T. Geronimus, Sc.D., and Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D. means U-M now has 53 past and present members of the IOM, an independent, nonprofit organization that is part of the National Academy of Sciences. Current IOM members vote for candidates based on contributions to their respective fields.
As dean of the University of Michigan Medical School, Woolliscroft heads up a number of key projects, including the Strategic Research Initiative, which has $100 million in funding to synchronize research activities throughout the extensive U-M Health System. He also is a strong proponent of physician education.
A professor at the U-M School of Public Health and associate director and research professor at the Population Studies Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research,as well as recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Award, Geronimus examines the effects of material, environmental and psychosocial stressors on health.
Deputy director and associate director for basic science research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center and Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology and professor of internal medicine, human genetics and pathology, Fearon researches ways to prevent and detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, and to treat it once it has developed.
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