YSM holds its first ever Scientific Advisory Board meeting

Leading physicians and researchers from around the nation gathered in New Haven to advise on maximizing the impact of the Yale School of Medicine’s scientific endeavors.

Chloe Nield

11:13 PM, January 19, 2023

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The Yale University School of Medicine held its first-ever meeting of the school’s Scientific Advisory Board last December, with faculty presenting topics such as science programs and research in neuroscience, data science, and biomedical informatics.

The board brings together leading clinicians and researchers from prestigious institutions and companies across the country. Nancy Brown, dean of the YSM College and David W. Wallace, professor of internal medicine at CNH Long, praised the board members’ participation and noted the valuable advice they provided on how to maximize the impact of scientific work being conducted in medicine. School. She emphasized that their advice will be taken into account in future decision-making and implementation processes in YSM’s scientific efforts.

“We planned to create a science advisory board for two years,” Brown wrote. “Seeking advice from experts as we make strategic investments in the research organization is best practice. It allows us to learn from the experiences of others. It also helps spread the word about everything we do.”

Among the council members present were Juanita L. Merchant, MD, chair of the division of gastroenterology and research member in the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Arizona, and Charles Sawyers, Mary Jose and Henry R. Kravis chair of the division of human oncology and pathogenesis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Also among the board members was YSM Associate Professor, Co-Founder of Cartesian Therapeutics, and Chief Security Officer Michael Singer, along with Editor-in-Chief of YSM Magazine. Sciences Holden Thorpe.

By bringing together specialists from a wide range of fields, the Science Advisory Board is designed to bring together a body of knowledge from many fields in science and medicine, according to Brown.

“We chose the advisory board members based on their excellence in science and their leadership experience,” Brown wrote. “We have also sought to achieve scientific diversity and diversity of expertise in academia, industry and institutions.”

Brown explained that the council will meet annually, highlighting different topics for discussion during each meeting.

Furthermore, all Board meetings will include discussions on new YSM initiatives, review and improvement of pre-established programs and investigation of interdisciplinary topics.

Merchant wrote to the news: “I assume the committee will meet annually to review the strategic plan developed by the Dean Brown Committee.”

The Science Advisory Board has the potential to be incredibly useful not only to the undergraduate STEM experiment at Yale, but also to the humanities as we will.

Having a similar council of students and professors within Yale, he said, could provide similar benefits for those looking to see changes in the undergraduate STEM experience at Yale, from courses offered to resources available to students interested in science or medicine.

“I think it would provide a really great opportunity for students in STEM majors to come together and share their hopes for the future of science and medicine,” said Dondup. “To expand the work of YSM’s Scientific Advisory Board, we can engage both undergraduates in STEM and the humanities since there is a growing need for representation of the humanities in medicine in the areas of critical studies, sociology, and even politics, to name a few.”

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