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October 15, 2002


Two 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 society.

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.

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