Three UTHCT faculty members recently were honored for their professional achievements

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Three faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently attained honors in their respective fields. They are UTHSCT Vice President for Research Steven Idell, Ph.D., MD; Timothy Craig Allen, MD, JD, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology; and Dong-Ming Su, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biochemistry.

Dr. Idell has been appointed to a strategic panel of the Blood Institute of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The panel will decide how the resources of the Blood Institute will be allocated. He also has been named to the NIH Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Network Protocol Review Panel. It will determine which clinical trials involving patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – known as IPF – will be performed at participating centers. IPF is scarring in the lungs in which the cause remains unknown. Dr. Idell has also been named to the editorial boards of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and The American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Dr. Allen has been named an associate editor in anatomic pathology for The Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, the monthly journal of the College of American Pathologists. This organization has almost 16,000 members worldwide and is the largest association composed exclusively of pathologists. In addition, Dr. Allen is a section editor in Pulmonary Pathology for the journal and serves on its editorial board. He is the only pulmonary pathologist in North Texas and one of only about 100 in the world.

An abstract of Dr. Su’s research, “Deficiency in early T-lineage progenitors and their surroundings in aged thymus,” has been selected for the annual meeting of the American Association of Immunologists, “Immunology 2006.” His current research focuses on the relationship between the thymus gland and the immune system. Dr. Su also has earned an AAI Junior Faculty Award, which recognizes young investigators in the field of immunology. The award provides a stipend for the investigators to attend the annual meeting, which will be held May 12-16 in Boston.

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