Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Medical Student Research Day Set for August 2

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s 40th annual Medical Student Research Day will feature Dr. Joe G.N. Garcia, vice president for health affairs and Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The event will take place August 2, 2013, in the Medical Sciences Building. Oral presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and poster presentations will begin at 1 p.m. Dr. Garcia’s lecture will take place at 11 a.m. in the Medical Sciences Building Auditorium.

Dr. Garcia will also present a talk at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on Aug. 1, 2013, at 8 a.m. at the USA Medical Center.

Dr. Garcia, who also serves as director of the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine and founder/president of Aqualung Therapeutics, is a leading authority on lung biology and disease. His research focuses on understanding the biochemical and molecular basis of lung inflammation.

Dr. Garcia earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Dallas in 1976, followed by his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics In Iowa City, Iowa, and a fellowship in the division of pulmonary diseases at Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y.

He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Center as an assistant professor of medicine in 1985, followed by an appointment as associate professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1988. After becoming full professor in 1992 and later Dr. Calvin H. English Professor of Medicine in 1995, Dr. Garcia joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998 as the David Marine Professor of Medicine and director of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and director of the Center for Translational Respiratory Medicine. He was also appointed as professor of biomedical engineering in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor of environmental health sciences in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In 2005, Dr. Garcia was appointed as the Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. During his tenure at the University of Chicago, the department of medicine was awarded nearly $80 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health--more than 40 percent of the medical school's research portfolio--and rose from a national NIH ranking of No. 25 to No. 10.

Dr. Garcia is the author or co-author of approximately 400 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, is associate editor of Journal of Organ Dysfunction, and is co-editor in chief for the journal Microvascular Research. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Diversity Award from the Association of Professors in Medicine, the American Thoracic Society Distinguished Scientist Award, the Henry F. Christian Award for Meritorious Research from the American Federation of Medical Research, and the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

To learn more about Dr. Garcia’s research, click here.

For more information on Medical Student Research Day, contact Marcina Lang at (251) 461-1548.

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