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Oct. 25, 2005

 

U-M LSI Director Alan Saltiel elected to Institute of Medicine
 
Alan R. Saltiel

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Life Sciences Institute Director Alan R. Saltiel was elected to The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences along with 63 other new members from around the world.

Saltiel is the John Jacob Abel Collegiate Professor in Life Sciences and Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology. He is the third LSI faculty member to be named to the Institute of Medicine; David Ginsburg and Rowena Matthews were previously elected. U-M now has 29 IOM members in total. Saltiel is U-M's sole member elected this year.

"As the Institute of Medicine celebrates this milestone, it is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished individuals as members," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Election recognizes those who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. It is considered one of the highest honors in these fields."

"Being recognized by the IOM signals Alan Saltiel's scientific accomplishments in the areas of diabetes and signal transduction as well as his outstanding leadership at the Life Sciences Institute," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. "Alan's collaborative approach as a scientist has nurtured an exciting synergy throughout the life sciences at U-M, and his representing the U-M with this election is an honor."

With their election Oct. 24, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.

"Alan Saltiel has made significant contributions to medicine that directly impact human health through his research with insulin and diabetes and in developing new cancer drugs," said Robert Kelch, U-M executive vice president for medical affairs. "He is an outstanding administrator and demonstrates the scientific leadership personified by IOM membership."

Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. An unusual diversity of talent is assured by the Institute's charter, which stipulates that at least one-quarter of the membership be selected from outside the health professions, from such fields as the natural, social and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, engineering and the humanities.

The Institute of Medicine is unique for its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. With their election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.

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Alan R. Saltiel, PhD, is director of the Life Sciences Institute, John Jacob Abel Collegiate Professor in Life Sciences and professor of internal medicine and physiology. He works on the molecular and cellular biology of the actions of insulin and growth factors. Saltiel's lab uncovered the importance of spatial compartmentalization in signal transduction. His laboratory cloned and characterized the first molecular scaffolding proteins and identified key pathways in the regulation of glucose metabolism. Saltiel also discovered a molecule that became a template for an important new anti-cancer drug. He has received numerous awards, has fifteen issued patents, and has published over 240 original papers. He was ranked number 20 among most highly cited authors in biology and biochemistry over the past ten years.

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For additional information: www.iom.edu/ and www.lsi.umich.edu

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