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2 UT Southwestern researchers elected to National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine
Date:10/9/2007

DALLAS Oct. 8, 2007 Two UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers a distinguished developmental biologist and a leading neuroscientist have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, a component of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Luis Parada, professor and chairman of developmental biology, and Dr. Thomas Sdhof, professor and chairman of neuroscience, were among 65 new national members and four foreign associates announced today by the organization, which addresses national health issues.

The best validation of ones work is approval by ones peers, so Im delighted to be elected to the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Parada said.

Dr. Parada and Dr. Sdhof elections bring the number of current UT Southwestern faculty members inducted into the institute to 21, the largest representation at one institution in Texas and surrounding states.

I am deeply honored to be elected to this prestigious body of medical scientists, said Dr. Sdhof, who is an investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern.

Members of the Institute of Medicine shape policies affecting public health and advise the federal government on issues involving medical care, research and education. Selection is based on international distinction in science, clinical medicine, public health or medical administration. Inductees are elected by incumbent members.

This is a great distinction for two of UT Southwesterns most accomplished faculty members, said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of UT Southwestern. Dr. Parada and Dr. Sdhof are highly admired for both their research and their leadership, and this recognition shows that their national colleagues have great regard for their contributions.

Dr. Parada holds the Diana K. and Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology and the Southwestern Ball Distinguished Chair in Nerve Regeneration Research. He also is director of the Kent Waldre
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Contact: Aline McKenzie
aline.mckenzie@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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