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Texas A&M Advances Global Disease Prevention with Launch of Field-to-Clinic Initiative
Date:10/1/2013

reate interdisciplinary ties across the system, including Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

“Such collaborations reinforce our commitment to the One Health initiative, which emphasizes the link between humans, animals and plants,” said R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., president of Texas A&M University. “The opportunities currently in place across the university and system make this the right time for Texas A&M to establish itself as a world leader working at the interface of diet, epigenetics and disease prevention.”

To lead the CEDP, the IBT has recruited Roderick H. Dashwood, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert in dietary cancer prevention and epigenetics – a research field that investigates alterations in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence. He comes to TAMHSC from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University where he served as director of the Cancer Chemoprotection Program. He also will hold a faculty appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“The addition of Dr. Dashwood to the preeminent team of scientists across Texas A&M and partnering entities in the Texas Medical Center in Houston positions the Texas A&M Institute for Biosciences and Technology to be a global frontrunner in disease prevention,” said Brett P. Giroir, M.D., who currently serves as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the Texas A&M System and will assume the role of interim executive vice president of TAMHSC on Oct. 1.

Dashwood will oversee efforts to initially isolate beneficial compounds and then formulate them with the help of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) so that they can be administered in the type of controlled method necessary for clinical trials. Researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Science will help separate an
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