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Two Academicians, Medical Doctors Join
RICHARDSON, Texas (April 14, 2003) - The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has added two prominent Texas academicians and medical doctors to its external advisory council. The two are Scott Lillibridge, M.D., director of the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Prepardness at the University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center (UTHHSC), and Dennis Stone, M.D., vice president for technology development at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
The advisory council, which has 27 members, is tasked with helping university administrators plan the future of the university's research, assisting in maintaining a sense of direction and focus in current research and interacting with UTD's internal council to build a common view of research. Members also provide insight into trends, entrepreneurial activities, government liaison and global outreach.
"One of the aims when developing this group is to ensure a diverse representation of knowledge," said Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, vice president for research and graduate education at UTD. "It is critical that there is strong representation of those familiar with research goals and direction in the State of Texas. These additions help us meet that objective."
Dr. Lillibridge develops medicine and public health collaborations with other Texas Medical Center institutions to help coordinate the local medical response to disasters. He also serves as a professor of epidemiology at UTHHSC. Prior to joining the health science center, Lillibridge was named by Secretary of Housing and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson as special assistant for national security and emergency management, a position in which he assisted in the development of a national bioterriorism program at HHS during the anthrax attacks in October 2001.
Lillibridge also has served on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council Senior Advisory Committee on Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, Public Health and Hospitals under the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge
Dr. Stone oversees the licensing agreements that award rights to the commercial development of intellectual properties arising from research carried out at UT Southwestern. He also is a professor of internal medicine, physiology and biochemistry and is the holder of the NCH Corporation Chair in Molecular Transport. He maintains an active research program in the study of the structure and regulation of vacuolar-type proton pumps and their role in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis.
In related news, Dr. Che-I Kao, Dow Fellow (ret.) of Dow Chemical Company and Dr. John McConnell, executive vice president for administration of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, both have resigned from the external advisory board. However, both will remain as council emeritus.
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