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NYAM Announces Dr. Claire Pomeroy, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, as 167th Anniversary Discourse Speaker

Dr. Pomeroy to Speak on “How Research Does and Should Inform Clinical Practice”

NEW YORK, NY, September 4, 2014—Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, will deliver the 167th Anniversary Discourse at The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) on the topic of “How Research Does and Should Inform Clinical Practice.” The event will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at NYAM (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street) and is free and open to the public with registration.

 Dr. Pomeroy

“NYAM is deeply committed to conducting and advancing evidence-based, policy-relevant research to improve the public’s health,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, NYAM President. “Dr. Pomeroy’s distinguished career and her current leadership of the Lasker Foundation in its advocacy for resources that support critical basic, clinical, and population health research brings a timely and important perspective as this year’s Discourse speaker.”

“Like The New York Academy of Medicine, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation is dedicated to improving health by working to ensure sustained support and funding for medical research,” said Dr. Pomeroy. “The breakthroughs provided by these studies bring hope to people around the globe suffering from disease and disability. Scientific discovery is key to achieving our vision of a healthier world for all.”

Every year NYAM hosts its Anniversary Discourse and Awards to pay special tribute to individuals with distinguished accomplishments in health policy, public health, clinical practice, and basic biomedical research as well as an individual honored for special contributions to NYAM. This evening is an important part of NYAM's heritage and has become NYAM's hallmark event each fall. The first anniversary program on November 10, 1847, was marked by an oration delivered to an audience of 2,500 people at the Broadway Tabernacle by Dr. John W. Francis. This tradition of an annual discourse on an important issue of the day has continued for 167 years. Recent speakers have included Dr. Thomas Farley, Susan Denzter, Hon. Mark Morial, and Dr. David Blumenthal.

Dr. Claire Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of programs that advance the Foundation's mission to improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.

Dr. Pomeroy is an expert in infectious diseases, a longtime advocate for patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS, and a passionate supporter of ongoing investment in research. She continues to lead an active research team studying host responses to viral infections. She has a special interest in health care policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. Dr. Pomeroy has held faculty and leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky, and University of California (UC) Davis; she is currently professor emerita at UC Davis. She became president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation in June 2013.

Dr. Pomeroy is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sierra Health Foundation; the Foundation for Biomedical Research; and PRIDE Industries. She is co-chair of the Blue Ridge Academic Health group and serves on the VA National Academic Affiliations Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Expanesthetics, Inc. and of Becton, Dickinson and Company. She was elected in 2011 as member-at-large-representative for the AAAS medical sciences section. Dr. Pomeroy was inducted into the Institute of Medicine in 2011. She is a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine.

About NYAM
The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

About the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation fosters the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, by educating the public, and by advocating for support of medical research. Founded in 1942, the Lasker Foundation presents the prestigious Lasker Awards, which recognize the world's leaders in basic and clinical medical research and individuals with outstanding public service. For much of the 20th Century, the Foundation was led by Mary Lasker, who was America's most prominent citizen-activist for public investment in medical research. She is widely credited with motivating the White House and Congress to greatly expand federal funding for medical research, particularly through the National Institutes of Health.

Posted on September 4, 2014

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