UM to Bring Two Leading Health Science Experts to Campus

October 24, 2016

Helena MishoeMISSOULA – The University of Montana will host an officer from the United States Public Health Service and a leader in systems biology development on Monday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the University Center Theater.

Helena Mishoe, assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the PHS Commissioned Corps, will present her seminar “Biomedical Research and Innovation: Improves Lives and Changes Policy” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, will present his community lecture “Scientific Wellness Will Transform Healthcare: A Personal Journey” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Earlier that day, he will lead a seminar, “Systems Medicine and Proactive P4 Medicine: Technologies and Systems Drive Strategies Enabling Data Driven Medicine,” from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106.

Mishoe received a doctorate in microbiology from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is the associate director of research training and diversity at the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lungs and Blood Institute and fosters greater participation by underrepresented individuals. She also develops research and training initiatives that focus on moving evidence-based interventions into real-world settings to improve health outcomes.

Mishoe has provided scientific leadership both nationally and internationally, with a number of notable accomplishments in research and scientific program administration for blood cell development, stem cell biology and stem cell transplantation. She also has earned numerous Corps and civilian awards: two Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medals, Outstanding Service Medals, the Commendation Medal, the Achievement Medal, the PHS Citation, numerous Outstanding Unit Citations, the Unit Commendation and several civilian mentoring and NIH Merit Awards.

Leroy HoodHood received a master’s degree from the John Hopkins School of Medicine and a doctorate in biochemistry from Caltech. He is the senior vice president and chief scientific officer for Providence St. Joseph Health and has contributed significantly to the advancement of biomedical research by developing five instruments critical to contemporary biology: automated DNA sequencers, DNA synthesizers, protein sequencers, peptide synthesizers and an ink jet printer for constructing DNA arrays.

Besides opening the door to the era of big data in biology and medicine, Hood helped pioneer the human genome program with the automated DNA sequencer, and under his direction the Human Genome Center sequenced portions of human chromosomes 14 and 15.

Hood also has made seminal discoveries in the fields of immunology, neurobiology and biotechnology, as well as systems biology and its applications to cancer, neurodegenerative disease and the linkage of systems biology to personalized medicine. He has published 750 papers and received 36 patents, 17 honorary degrees and more than 100 awards and honors. Hood has founded or co-founded 15 different biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Rosetta, Darwin, Integrated Diagnostics, Indi Molecular and Arivale, and is one of only 15 individuals elected to all three National Academies: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

All lectures are free and open to the public and sponsored by UM Health and Medicine. Mishoe’s seminar also is sponsored by the President’s Office and the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Hood’s seminar and lecture are sponsored by Providence St. Patrick Hospital and the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience.

For more information call Jennifer Geist, executive assistant to the dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, at 406-243-4341 or email jennifer.geist@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Jennifer Geist, executive assistant to the dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, 406-243-4341, jennifer.geist@umontana.edu.