Thomas Jefferson University Honors Grady
"We are honored to have in our presence today a woman whose
exceptional commitment and significant contributions to education,
research and health care have gained her national and international
recognition as a leader in her profession." Thus began the presentation
of an honorary doctor of science by Brian G. Harrison, chairman,
board of trustees, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, to
Dr. Patricia Grady, director, National Institute of Nursing Research.
Grady also gave the keynote address at commencement exercises for
the graduating class of the health professions programs of the Jefferson
College of Health Professions and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies.
|Dr. Patricia Grady (r), director,
National Institute of Nursing Research, receives honorary doctorate
from Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Harrison noted that Grady "is a widely published and world-renowned
scholar in research on stroke and hypertension, as well as a strong
advocate for nursing research studies that focus on the full spectrum
of life span issues, from low birth weight babies fighting for
life to the frail elderly struggling to maintain the quality of
lives extended by technology." He noted that "during her distinguished
professional career, [Grady] has excelled as a nurse, an educator,
a scholar, a research scientist and administrator. To her students,
her colleagues and the countless numbers of patients, caregivers
and practitioners in the health care arena who have benefited directly
from her tireless work, she has provided direction, innovation
"Her extraordinary contributions to scientific understanding and
leadership in directing and shaping nursing research have advanced
the health and well-being not only of our nation, but that of the
global community as well," Harrison concluded.
Grady took the opportunity to congratulate the class of 2005 on
their accomplishments and to underscore the significance of their
choice of careers in health care at a time when advances in technology,
the unraveling of the human genome, and the graying of America "all
point to the importance in this new century of the health professions.
To make the most of our breakthroughs and to meet the challenges,
we are going to need more and more people like you who have studied
human health and are prepared to make careers in health care," she
said. "You are going to see things in health that will astonish
you — and make you proud to be a part of the enterprise."
NINDS Grantee Antonio Damasio Wins
Prince of Asturias Award
Dr. Antonio Damasio, Maurice Van Allen professor and head of the
department of neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine,
recently received the 2005 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific
and Technical Research. The award acknowledges scientific, technical,
cultural, social and humanitarian work of international scope. Damasio
was chosen unanimously for the award by the 21-member jury from among
58 candidates from 23 countries.
|NINDS grantee Dr. Antonio Damasio
of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, recently received
the 2005 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical
A long-time NINDS grantee, Damasio is internationally known for
his studies on the neurobiology of the mind. His research has led
to a greater understanding of how the brain orchestrates higher-level
cognitive functions such as language, memory, emotion and decision-making,
and how damage to particular areas of the brain affects these functions.
By providing important insights into the cerebral bases of language
and memory, his work also has increased understanding of neurodegenerative
disorders including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
Past recipients of the Asturias prize — which will be presented
in Oviedo, Spain, in October — include genome researchers
Francis Collins and Craig Venter, AIDS researchers Robert Gallo
and Luc Montagnier, and physicist Stephen Hawking. Damasio will
leave the University of Iowa later this year to become director
of the newly founded brain research institute at the University
of Southern California.
Four Appointed to NIAMS Council
Four new members were recently named to the National Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council.
Dr. Gena Carter is a radiologist and patient advocate from Jamaica
Plain, Mass. Among many professional accomplishments, she recently
represented the American Cancer Society, New England Division,
as an appointee to a special Senate commission investigating health
|NIAMS director Dr. Stephen
Katz (r) and deputy director Dr. Steven Hausman (l) welcome
new members to the institute’s council. They are (from
l) Dr. Lawrence Raisz, Dr. Gena Carter and Dr. Martin Kushmerick.
Dr. Bevra Hahn was not present.
Dr. Bevra Hahn is the chief of the division of rheumatology at
the department of medicine, and professor of medicine at the University
of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. She has made significant
contributions to understanding the origins and development of systemic
lupus erythematosus and to improving the treatment of patients
with rheumatic diseases.
Dr. Martin Kushmerick is a professor in the department of radiology
at the University of Washington, with joint appointments in physiology
and bioengineering. He is internationally known for his research
in muscle mechanics and physiology and the use of nuclear magnetic
resonance spectroscopy and imaging in metabolic studies.
Dr. Lawrence Raisz of Farmington, Conn., is director of the University
of Connecticut Health Center for Osteoporosis. He is an internationally renowned bone biology researcher,
and one of the scientific editors for the Surgeon General's Report
on Bone Health and Osteoporosis.
The new appointees will serve on the advisory council to NIAMS
through September 2008.
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