School Update June 2011

The close of another academic year gives rise to reflections of the year’s events and significant advancements and passages.

The 2011 BUSM Commencement and GMS Commencement, launched 158 new physicians, 44 new doctoral scientists, and 128 recipients of master degrees in arts and sciences.

Alumni Weekend was very successful and gave us the opportunity to share with our alumni the many outstanding achievements and changes at the School.

After three years of preparation for the LCME accreditation site visit we received positive reviews.

With pride, we wish the best to two of our most highly regarded colleagues who have entered the national stage. Jonathan Woodson is serving as the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs in Washington DC and Howard Bauchner will become the new editor-in-chief of JAMA in Chicago on July 1. Both are on faculty leaves of absence.

We continued to pursue new initiatives reflecting the challenges and opportunities of our teaching and research missions and responding to the needs of faculty and students.

Under the direction of Dr. Mya Mangawang, assistant provost, faculty development programs included faculty orientation, and with Dr. Jane Mendez, associate professor of surgery, the Emerging Leaders Forum .

Dr. Linda Hyman, associate provost for Graduate Medical Sciences, established the Office of Post-doctoral Affairs to support PhDs.

Researchers now have a platform to share their work with campus colleagues with the implementation of an Interdisciplinary Research Symposia program.

Among the important capital improvements set in motion this year is the construction of the New Student Residence which began with the groundbreaking in October and is progressing on schedule for its planned opening in June of 2012. Renovations to the Instructional Building lobby are on the fast track for completion before the White Coat Ceremony and Welcoming Reception for the Class of 2015, scheduled for August 8.

In addition to two new assistant professorships in dermatology, we added an endowed Professorship in Child Health and Well-being in the Department of Pediatrics and celebrated the installation of Dr. Deborah Frank as the first incumbent.

Recognizing its importance, we added a new Department of Radiation Oncology.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy garnered national attention with their ongoing research linking repetitive head trauma to neurodegenerative disease.

Despite reductions in NIH funding, we remain cautiously optimistic that we will see growth in our non-recovery act grant funding for the academic year ending June 30, 2011. For this we thank our outstanding researcher faculty who have garnered some impressive funding including the nanomedicine grant to advance cancer research; grants from the NCI Early Detection Research Network and the Department of Defense to develop procedures for early detection of lung cancer; an NIMH BRAINS award to Pietro Cottone and Michael Silverstein; and the NIMH grant to the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program to provide counseling to the mentally ill to help stem HIV infection and transmission.

Particular congratulations to Catherine Costello and Allen Mitchell for their new grants of more than $1 million per year and to David Center, Ken Walsh and Phil Wolf for their renewals of their grants of more than $1 million per year.

Thank you for your dedication and support for BUSM.

Best wishes,

Karen Antman, MD
Provost, Boston University Medical Campus
Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine