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U. T. Dallas' Steven Goodman Elected to Lead
Noted Sickle Cell Researcher to Become AACBNC President in 2005
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 17, 2003) - Noted sickle cell disease researcher Dr. Steven R. Goodman of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been elected president of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons (AACBNC), a key national organization providing leadership and advocacy in the biomedical sciences. Goodman will become president-elect of the association in January 2004 and president one year later.
The AACBNC is composed of approximately 140 chairpersons and department heads of anatomy, cell biology and neurobiology departments at general purpose universities and medical, dental and veterinary schools in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The association represents the interests of thousands of faculty members in the basic biomedical sciences. This includes building governmental and public support for research in those fields. The organization also recommends curricula and optimizes educational techniques for students involved in studies in those areas.
"I am honored to be elected by my peers to this important position, and look forward to the challenges of helping to strengthen the biomedical research and teaching programs of our departments, centers and institutes throughout North America," said Goodman, the C.L. and Amelia A. Lundell Professor of Life Sciences at UTD.
"The AACBNC is very fortunate to have Dr. Steven Goodman as president-elect of the association," said Dr. Charles Blake, secretary/treasurer of the organization. "Dr. Goodman is internationally renowned not only for his extensive and important accomplishments in biomedical research, especially in the area of sickle cell disease, but also for his contributions to education in the biological and biomedical sciences. His experience and leadership abilities that he has already demonstrated during the past three years as the national Representative of the AACBNC to the American Association of Medical Colleges and the National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs will be most valuable to the society in his roles as president-elect, president and past president."
Goodman will succeed James R. West, Ph.D., professor and head of human anatomy and medical neurobiology at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, as president-elect of AACBNC. The organization's current president is Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Professor and head of the department of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Iowa.
In addition to holding an endowed chair at UTD, Goodman is director of two research centers - the UTD Sickle Cell Disease Research Center and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology. He is also an adjunct professor of cell biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Goodman was instrumental in initiating a collaborative arrangement last year between UTD and UT Soutwestern that led to the establishment of one of 10 federally funded sickle cell research centers in the United States and the first such center in the Southwest. The National Institutes of Health granted the two Dallas components of The University of Texas System almost $8 million for the joint effort, which involves both basic scientific research on sickle cell disease and clinical studies of patients who suffer from the disease.
Goodman received a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from St. Louis University Medical School. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Before joining UTD in the fall of 2001, he was the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
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