MANHASSET, NY – The 2014 Commencement Exercises for the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine and the Academic Convocation for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine were held recently at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Each year, the Elmezzi Graduate School awards an honorary degree to an outstanding physician who has advanced biomedical research and improved medical treatment for patients. This year's honoree, Max Dale Cooper, MD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, was recognized for his work in immunology.
During the commencement exercises for the Elmezzi Graduate School, students who have completed their dissertation studies are granted the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Medicine. The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine is a PhD program for physicians who wish to pursue careers in biomedicalresearch. During their training, Elmezzi students conduct research in Feinstein Institute laboratories to advance biomedical knowledge and to pursue new therapeutic approaches and diagnostic tools. This year, four graduate students received their degrees:
• Madhu Gupta, MBBS, for her work in pregnancy. Her thesis is entitled “Magnesium Deficiency During Pregnancy: Maternal, Fetal and Offspring Consequences”
• Sehba Hussain-Krautter, MBBS, for her work in osteopontin and obesity. Her thesis is entitled “Regulation and Role of Osteopontin in Sjögren’s Syndrome and Obesity”
• Carl Petrus Linge, MD, for his work in arthritis. His thesis is entitled “Anti-Inflammatory Nuclear Receptors in Experimental Arthritis”
• Malvika Solanki, MBBS, for her work in kidney injury. Her thesis is entitled “The Regulation of Cisplatin-Induced Acute Kidney Injury by Magnesium”
The academic convocation for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine acknowledged all current professorships and presented two new School of Medicine professorships. The new professorships include:
• The Barbash Family Professorship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, which was received by Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of Cardiothoracic Services at North Shore-LIJ Health System.
• Partners Council Professorship in Women’s Health at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which will be filled in the coming months
In addition, Max D. Cooper, MD, was presented with an honorary degree from the Elmezzi Graduate School; Candidate for Degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa. Dr. Cooper is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, member of the Emory Vaccine Center and the Center for AIDS Research at the Emory University School of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree and pediatric residency training from Tulane University Medical School. His laboratory currently studies the evolution of adaptive immunity and explores the use of lamprey monoclonal antibodies for diagnosis and therapy of infectious diseases and lymphoid malignancies. Dr. Cooper is an editor of several immunological journals and past president of the Clinical Immunology Society, the American Association of Immunologists and the Kunkel Society.
About The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine
Located in Manhasset, NY, The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and in partnership with The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine was established in 1994 and is a PhD program for physicians who wish to pursue careers in biomedical research. The program is an individually tailored program with a strong emphasis on translational research. For more information, visit www.ElmezziGraduateSchool.org.
About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information, visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.