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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 16, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 7
Three JHU Researchers Elected to Institute of Medicine

By Kenna Lowe and Audrey Huang

Three Johns Hopkins University researchers have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Robert Blum, Scott Zeger and Chi Van Dang are among 65 new members nationwide. Election to this prestigious body affirms the members' remarkable contributions to medical science, health care and public health, as well as to the education of generations of physicians. It is one of the highest honors for those in the biomedical profession.

Blum, professor and William H. Gates Sr. Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, focuses his research in the areas of adolescent sexuality, chronic illness and international adolescent health care issues. In May, Blum was named interim director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.

He is a past president of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, has served on the American Board of Pediatrics and was a charter member of its sub-board of adolescent medicine and is a past chair of the Alan Guttmacher Institute board of directors and of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Adolescent Health and Development.

Blum is a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, where he has served on the technical advisory group of the Child and Adolescent Health Department and the scientific and technical advisory group of the Human Reproductive Program. He was awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1993 and in 1998 was the recipient of the American Public Health Association's Herbert Needleman Award for "scientific achievement and courageous advocacy" on behalf of children and youth. He has edited two books and written more than 220 journal articles, book chapters and special reports.

Zeger, the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor in Biostatistics and chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, develops novel designs and methods of analysis for biomedical data. With Johns Hopkins colleague Kung-Yee Liang, he created the method GEE for the analysis of data from longitudinal, time series, genetic and other studies that produce correlated responses. He has made substantive contributions to environmental epidemiology, quantifying the health effects of smoking and air pollution, and served as statistical expert for the U.S. Justice Department and several states in their suits against the tobacco industry.

He is also involved in clinical research, having served on the board of scientific advisers to the Merck Research Laboratory and on the steering committee of the Hopkins Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigations. Zeger is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-editor of the Oxford Press journal Biostatistics and on the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Public Health and the Springer-Verlag Series on Statistical Science. He is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and two books.

In 2005, Science Watch identified Zeger as one of the 25 most-cited mathematical scientists of the past decade. He has mentored the thesis or postdoctoral research of 30 graduate students and fellows at Johns Hopkins. He was awarded the 1987 American Statistical Association's Snedecor Award for best paper in biometry (with Liang), the 1991 Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association for contributions to health statistics and the 1987, 2002 and 2006 Johns Hopkins Golden Apple Award from Public Health students for excellence in teaching.

Dang, the Johns Hopkins Family Professor in Oncology Research, is vice dean for research at the School of Medicine. He oversees the Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering and is a professor in the departments of Medicine, Pathology, Oncology and Cell Biology with joint appointments in Molecular Biology and Genetics. A practicing hematologist-oncologist, Dang is senior editor of Cancer Research and serves on the editorial boards of Current Cancer Therapy Reviews, Drug Discovery Today, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Molecular Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neoplasia. He has authored more than 160 scientific and medical articles, book chapters and a book.

He was a member of the National Cancer Institute board of scientific counselors, was elected to the Association of American Physicians and is a past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He received the Vietnamese-American National Gala Golden Torch Award for medicine and education in 2005. He holds an NIH/NCI MERIT award and has sponsored 10 NIH K08 physician-scientist awardees, mentored 12 doctoral candidates and 26 postdoctoral fellows. The Dang laboratory has contributed to the understanding of the function of the MYC cancer gene, which has emerged as a central switch in many different human cancers.


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