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Dr. Joseph Fins Gives Presidential Address for American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, professor of medicine, public health and medicine in psychiatry, gave the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities' Presidential Address during its annual meeting Oct.19 in Washington, D.C.

The Society promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities. The annual meeting, titled "Representing Bioethics," invited participants to explore the varied ways in which representation and bioethics intersect.

In addition, Dr. Fins was elected a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of more than 300 leading neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and promise of brain research and to disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion.

Lastly, Dr. Fins was named co-chair of the advisory committee for the Model System site grant for traumatic brain injury at Spaulding Rehabilitation, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and part of Partners Health Care. The grant allows Spaulding clinicians and researchers to improve both regional and national understanding of traumatic brain injury.

Additional awards and honors

Dr. Lorraine Gudas, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, the Revlon Pharmaceutical Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and professor of pharmacology, pharmacology in medicine, pharmacology in urology and pharmacology in complementary and integrative medicine, and Dr. Ari Melnick, associate professor of medicine, were invited speakers at the Cold Spring Harbor Asia Meeting, hosted in Suzhou, China Oct. 20-24. The meeting focused on differentiation therapy and advances in cancer therapies.  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of efforts in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major causes of human suffering.

Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey, professor of pharmacology, was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Translation in October. In addition, he delivered the keynote lecture at the 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory conference on translational control, hosted Sept. 4-8 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of efforts in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major causes of human suffering.

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, director of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics and professor of pediatrics, medicine and public health, was elected to the New York Academy of Medicine in October, joining more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions. The Academy addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education and community engagement.

Dr. Francis Lee, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry, professor of psychiatry and professor of pharmacology, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from University of Michigan Medical School's Department of Pharmacology Oct. 18.

Dr. Marlin R. Mattson, professor of clinical psychiatry, received the Planetree Caregiver Award during the Planetree Conference in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 3. Planetree, Inc. is an internationally-recognized leader in the burgeoning movement to view the health care experience through patients' eyes The Spirit of Planetree Awards were created to promote patient- and person-centered care by publicly recognizing individuals who personalize and demystify the health care experience for others as well as programs and services that support extraordinary achievement in transforming the healthcare experience. 

Dr. Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, associate professor of public health and public health in reproductive medicine, is the recipient of the 2012 Philosophy of Science Association Women's Caucus Prize for the best work published in feminist philosophy of science in the previous five years. This prize was awarded at the Association's meeting in November in San Diego, Calif., for the award-winning paper entitled "Feminist Resources for Biomedical Research: Lessons from the HPV Vaccines." The Association promotes research, teaching and free discussion of issues in the philosophy of science from diverse standpoints.

Dr. Anjali M. Rajadhyaksha, associate professor of neuroscience in pediatrics and associate professor of neuroscience, and Dr. Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, the DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar and professor of psychology in psychiatry, were invited speakers at the "Information Please" meeting Oct. 31 at Weill Cornell Medical College discussing "Understanding Autism Through Research and Clinical Care." The "Information Please" meeting series offer friends of Weill Cornell the opportunity to learn about new research and other issues of contemporary relevance in medicine.

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