Leadership Transition for the Musculoskeletal Research Focus Area

I’m pleased to report to the NEOMED community a transition in leadership of the Musculoskeletal Research Focus Area (MSRFA) at NEOMED.

Following eight years of service as director of the MSRFA, Fayez Safadi, Ph.D., has stepped away from that role to focus on other priorities. In his place, Rebecca German, Ph.D., was selected by her peers in the MSRFA to serve as director of the MSRFA going forward.

Dr. German will facilitate the further maturation of the broad spectrum of musculoskeletal research amongst MSRFA faculty and most importantly, will serve as a member of the newly created Research Executive Committee to coordinate research priorities in the context of NEOMED’s strategic plan. Assisting Dr. German will be Lisa Cooper, Ph.D., who will serve as co-director of the MSRFA.

Faculty research in the MSRFA spans different levels of organization – from molecules to organisms – to provide an integrated and inclusive view of muscle, bone and cartilage – to best understand musculoskeletal anatomy, function and pathology.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Safadi for his years of service as director of the MSRFA and in welcoming Drs. German and Cooper for their leadership commitments going forward.

Submitted by Steven P. Schmidt, Ph.D., vice president for research, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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