Duke Physician-Scientist to Lead U.S. Institute of Medicine

first_imgThe next president of the U.S. National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) will be Victor Dzau, a physician-scientist who is now chancellor of health affairs at Duke University. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) today announced Dzau’s appointment to the 6-year post. He will join IOM on 1 July, when current IOM President Harvey Fineberg steps down after 12 years.Dzau, 67, will bring a wealth of experience in the lab and running a major university health system to the nation’s most prominent advisory body on medical and public health issues. Born in Shanghai and educated in Canada and the United States, Dzau has studied the genetics of cardiovascular disease and gene therapy and stem cell treatments. As president and CEO for Duke University Health System for nearly 10 years, he created new institutes focusing on translational medicine, global health, and health innovation. He led the founding of a joint medical school with the National University of Singapore and has been active in in global health through the World Economic Forum. He was elected to IOM in 1998.As the medical branch of the congressionally chartered NAS, IOM advises the government on topics ranging from the rise in obesity to veterans’ health. In a statement, NAS President Ralph Cicerone called Dzau “an internationally acclaimed leader and scientist whose work has improved health care in the United States and globally. 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He plans to bring together IOM members and other experts to identify five areas in which the organization could make a bigger impact nationally and globally. “If you look at the breakthroughs in research, the advancement of the Affordable Care Act and many global innovations, I think this is clearly a time to ask, ‘What are the most pressing issues that are ahead of us and how do we make a difference in those areas?’ ”To help explore these issues, he will continue a campaign to raise $10 million to pay for studies commissioned by IOM itself. “We’d love to perhaps use newer media and methods for dissemination and communication so that we can have even greater impact across the entire country and society,” he notes.Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, sees Dzau’s “impeccable” scientific credentials and experience with bringing innovation to a large university health system as an ideal match for IOM. “He understands the broad changes that need to occur in the U.S. health care system” as it struggles to control costs while improving outcomes, Kirch says. “I can think of no one better suited to head the Institute of Medicine at this time.”last_img read more

India Open: Shiva, Sarita enter semis on another good day for India

first_img× A file photo of Shiva Thapa. R_V_Moorthy   –  RV Moorthy sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE January 30, 2018 COMMENTcenter_img Indians live up to the ‘favourites’ tag A file photo of Shiva Thapa. R_V_Moorthy   –  RV Moorthy World medallists Shiva Thapa (60kg) and L Sarita Devi (60kg) notched up hard-fought wins to enter the semifinals as Indian boxers continued their fine run at the USD 1,00,000 India Open here today. The home favourites had a stellar day and look good to walk away with most of the medals. World bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg), also a three-time Asian championships medal winner, was up against Uzbek Sherbek Rakhmatulloev. The top seed started off on a cautious note and spent the first three minutes getting a measure of his rival. Both the boxers let it rip in the second round and exchanged a fair number of blows before Shiva started taking control of the proceedings. Rakhmatulloev, on the other hand, began to drain out and resorted to bending and holding to slow things down. The tactic fetched him repeated cautions but he was lucky to not get a warning. Shiva stepped it up in the final three minutes to get the judges’ nod in a split decision. The Assam-boxer will square off against compatriot Manish Kaushik, who out-punched Filipino Charly Suarez in his quarterfinal bout. Shiva and Manish had clashed in the national championships final last year in which the latter had come out trumps. Asian bronze-medallist Amit Panghal (49kg), meanwhile, claimed a dominating 5-0 triumph over Cameroon’s Simplice Fotsala to set up a clash with fellow Indian Lalbiakkima Nutlai, who got the better of Kenya’s Shaffi Hassan. First up for India in the women’s draw was former world and Asian champion, L Sarita Devi (60kg). The celebrated Manipuri dug enough from her huge reservoir of experience to edge past Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in a split 4-1 decision and set up a clash with compatriot Priyanka Chaudhary. Priyanka defeated Indonesian Huswatun Hasanboy 5-0. Former world championship silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) had little trouble in dispatching Nepal’s Saraswati Rana. World youth champion Shashi Chopra made an impressive entry into the senior circuit by out-punching compatriot Y Sandhyarani. The 18 year-old stood out for her footwork and sharp reflexes in a bout which saw her taking full advantage of her long reach. Among the major disappointments of the day was top seed and world championships silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) bowing out of medal contention. She lost her quarterfinal bout in a split 3-2 verdict to Indonesian Christian Marwan Jembay. Another top seed to make a quarterfinal exit was former Asian champion and Asian Games bronze-medallist, Pooja Rani (75kg). Pooja was out-witted by a determined Essiane Clotilde of Cameroon in a split 2-3 verdict. Clotilde set up a clash with Shashi in the semifinals. Among other prominent names making the last-four stage were three-time King’s Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg), and Asian youth silver-medallist Ankush Dahiya (60kg). Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie for two games without pay Saturday for violating the league’s substances abuse policy.Massie will be eligible to return Sept. 21 following the Cardinals’ Sept. 20 game against the Chicago Bears.Massie was arrested in January on suspicion of driving under the influence. The suspension will not count toward the Cardinals’ 53-man roster as the team is expected to announce cuts later Saturday. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Bobby Massie (70) blocks against Alex Okafor (57) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 26-year-old Massie was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012 out of Ole Miss. He started all 16 games as a rookie and then again last season.last_img read more