Newsmakers - August 2014

Danuser to hold distinguished chair in basic science

Dr. Gaudenz Danuser, Professor of Cell Biology, has been selected to hold the Patrick E. Haggerty Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Science. Recruited to UT Southwestern in 2013, Dr. Danuser previously worked at Harvard Medical Center for four years. His career in research also includes leadership roles at ETH Zurich and at The Scripps Research Institute in California. Dr. Danuser entered the field of cell biology as a postdoctoral fellow in the Architectural Dynamics of Living Cells Program at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Since then, he has been fascinated by the complex interface between chemical and mechanical signaling and structural adaptation that dictates the regulation of cell function.

Pepe recognized with Excellence in Research Award

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) has recognized Dr. Paul Pepe, Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Health, with one of its most prestigious honors, the 2014 Silver Anniversary Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Pepe, who holds the Riggs Family Chair in Emergency Medicine, received the award in May during the SAEM’s annual meeting. In nomination letters, colleagues cited Dr. Pepe’s 35-year track record in designing and successfully conducting more than two dozen major clinical trials, most of which were published in high-impact journals like the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Sandra M. Schneider, past President of the American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP), noted, “Paul has served as a role model for researchers. He has performed complicated studies in difficult situations. Where others saw obstacles, Paul saw opportunities.” ACEP Research Committee Chair Dr. Chuck Cairns reflected that, “Many of his original research efforts were intrepid, nonintuitive and disputed conventional wisdom. Those visionary concepts are imbedded today in mainstream clinical practice across a myriad of specialties and they also inspired and paved the way for many new lines of future scientific investigation.”