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LIU Pharmacy Dean Dr. John Pezzuto to Lead Health and Research Initiative

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BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 02, 2017) – Long Island University announced the launch of the LIU Health Research Initiative, a visionary interdisciplinary initiative to be led by Dr. John M. Pezzuto, one of the University’s most decorated scholars and researchers.  Dr. Pezzuto was appointed Vice President of LIU Health and Research by LIU’s Board of Trustees on January 24.

Dr. Pezzuto, a world-renowned researcher, is the 2014 recipient of the Volwiler Research Award by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. His current research interests are predominantly in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discovery and characterization, with primary emphasis in the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention. Dr. Pezzuto is widely known for identifying the cancer-prevention aspects of resveratrol, a chemical derived from grapes and grape products.  He is the author of more than 700 publications, with an h-index of 90, has been cited more than 37,000 times, is the co-inventor of several patents, editor of five books, and a member of over 10 editorial boards of international journals.

“Dr. Pezzuto’s leadership, will bring our extraordinary faculty together to collaborate on impactful interdisciplinary research through the LIU Health Research initiative,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of LIU. “This research will elevate the University’s reputation as a research-oriented institution, while creating transformational benefits in our local communities and around the world.”

In his expanded role, Dr. Pezzuto will provide leadership in defining the University’s research agenda, inter-professional programs, external affiliations and joint collaborative activities across all of LIU’s flourishing Health Professions programs, while continuing to serve as the Dean of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The LIU Health Research Initiative will provide an opportunity for students and faculty among the multitude of Health Professions programs at both campuses to take part in cutting-edge research while exploring health and science based career paths geared to advance health and medicine around the world.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be named the inaugural Vice President of LIU Health and Research,” Dr. Pezzuto said. “No other University in the region offers so broad a portfolio of professional programs in health care, and this initiative will have far-reaching impact for students, faculty researchers, and patients across the health professions.”

LIU stands at the forefront of health care education, offering over 20 regionally and nationally recognized degree programs in respiratory care, nutrition, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology at the undergraduate and graduate level. The LIU health care network includes the nationally-acclaimed Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU Brooklyn, and the School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU Post in Brookville, NY. LIU Brooklyn offers more professional healthcare programs than any other single campus in New York City, and has been recognized as the No. 1 school in the country for health care majors by Payscale.com.

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LIU, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, providing high quality academic instruction by world-class faculty. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its “value added” to student outcomes, LIU offers 500 accredited programs, with a network of 200,000 alumni that includes industry leaders and entrepreneurs across the globe. LIU’s renowned faculty, the LIU Promise student mentoring program, innovation in engaged learning, further distinguish LIU as a leader among the nation’s most respected universities. Visit liu.edu for more information.

Posted 02/05/2017

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