Emory Professors Elected to Institute of Medicine
ATLANTA -- Two
Emory University professors are among a newly elected class of 65 leading
figures in the health sciences announced today by the Institute of Medicine.
Reynaldo Martorell, PhD.,
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department
of International Health in the Rollins School of Public Health, and
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, Reunette W. Harris Professor and chair
of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, bring Emory's
total representation in the IOM to 11.
Headquartered in Washington,
DC, the IOM is one of the National Academies, along with the National
Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National
Research Council. The IOM's mission is to provide objective, timely,
authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy
to government, the corporate sector, the professions and the public.
Members of the IOM are expected
to devote significant amounts of volunteer time to serving on the IOM's
committees, which currently are studying such issues as microbial threats
to health, protection of human subjects in research studies, and the
consequences of not having health insurance for both individuals and
New members of the IOM are
elected by the current active membership from candidates nominated on
the basis of their major contributions to health and medicine. Total
active membership in the IOM is 1,358.
"The IOM's election of Dr.
Martorell and Dr. Nemeroff is a well-deserved recognition of their individual
contributions in the fields of international health and psychiatry,"
said Dr. Michael M.E. Johns, executive vice president for health affairs
at Emory University and himself a member of the IOM. "At the same time,
it is well-warranted recognition of the growing leadership that Emory
as an institution is providing, not only in the Southeast but on the
national stage as well."
Dr. Martorell is concerned
with the nutritional problems of developing nations, both protein-energy
malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies as well as the emerging
problem of obesity and related chronic diseases. Much of his research
is focused on the consequences of malnutrition in human development.
He is currently working on several projects in Mexico and in Guatemala,
where he and colleagues are tracing the links between nutrition in early
childhood and adult human function, including economic productivity
and the health and well-being of the next generation.
Before coming to Emory in
1993, Dr. Martorell was Leading Professor of the Division of Nutritional
Sciences at Cornell University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Nutrition
at Stanford University. He is an advisor to many organizations and foundations
such as The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Wellcome Trust,
and is a trustee of the Pan American Health Education Foundation and
a member of the Board of Directors of the International Nutrition Foundation
for Developing Countries.
Dr. Nemeroff's research has
concentrated on the biological basis of the major neuropsychiatric disorders,
including affective disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.
Before coming to Emory in 1991, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
and Chief of the Division of Biological Psychiatry at Duke University.
His many honors include the
Gerald Klerman Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Disorders Association and the Selo Prize from the National Alliance
for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. In 1998 he was the recipient
of the Research Award in Mood Disorders from the American College of
Psychiatrists, and in 2000 he was awarded the Menninger Prize from the
American College of Physicians.
Dr. Nemeroff has served as
president of both the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and
the American College of Psychiatrists.