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State of the School Address

From Vision to Venture

In the 20th annual State of the School address on October 22, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece emphasized the need to link basic scientific and biomedical research to practical application that are useful to patients, society and industry. The theme of the presentation was “Vision to Venture.” 

The school is making “tremendous progress toward our ambitious goals,” said Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, as well as the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, Dean Reece noted that grant funding had bounced back from decreases linked to sequestration and other causes. For Fiscal Year 2014, the school was awarded $400 million in grants, an eight percent increase from $370 million in FY 2013. “I am very excited to tell you that we have rebounded,” he said, noting that the school grant funding was ranked eighth in the country among all public medical schools.

Dr. Reece also spoke about the school’s five focus areas: education, research, clinical care, community impact and global outreach.

He cited the impressive work of many faculty, including Dr. Myron Levine, the famed vaccine researcher who is currently working to test an Ebola vaccine. Dr. Levine, MD, DTPH, director of the CVD as well as a professor of medicine, pediatrics, epidemiology and public health and microbiology and immunology at the UM SOM, currently has a $25 million grant to study and test vaccines. Dr. Reece also mentioned Dr. James S. Gammie, MD, a professor of surgery, who has invented a device that may allow repair of heart valve defects without opening the chest or stopping the heart.

SOTS 2014

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