|Medical School faculty members receive awards|
Two faculty members at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences have been selected to receive awards for outstanding teaching and research.
Roger Melvold, chair and professor of microbiology and immunology, has been selected to receive the Hippocratic Dignity Award for 2007. The award is given to a senior member of the faculty or administration who has exhibited a sustained and unwavering record of supporting all students and their educational programs in a dignified fashion.
Melvold teaches immunology and genetics to medical, graduate and undergraduate students. He has co-authored two textbooks, "Concise Medical Immunology," published in 2005, and "Lippincott Illustrated Reviews," which is scheduled to be released in August 2007. Department chairman since 1997, he was selected by medical students to receive the Golden Apple for teaching excellence in 1999 and the Reverend Elmer and Min West Memorial Faculty Award in 2002. In 2004, his department received the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research.
His research, which relates to multiple sclerosis, has focused on the effects of genetics on the immune system by examining genetic mutations in mice. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the International Society of Neuroimmunology, and serves on the editorial board of the journal, Transplantation.
Holly Brown-Borg, associate professor of physiology, has been selected to receive the Dean H. David Wilson, M.D., Academic Award in Neurosciences for 2007. The award recognizes distinguished members of the medical school's faculty who have established a sustained record of achievement in the neurosciences.
Brown-Borg is a highly respected teacher and researcher who, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts investigations into the relationship of the growth hormone to the aging process in the Ames dwarf mouse.
Her research has been published widely, including the journal, Nature, and has had a "great impact on the field of experimental gerontology," said Manuchair Ebadi, associate dean for research and program development at the UND medical school and associate vice president for medical research and special advisor to the president at UND.
In recognition of her research, she has received the NIH National Service Award and the rare honor of being named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
The awards will be presented during the UND medical school's May 13 commencement awards luncheon for the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2007.
Under the auspices of the UND Foundation, Ebadi established the endowments which fund these awards. He also created the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award which recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in the area of health promotion. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.