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Pioneer in Systems Medicine, Dr. Leroy Hood, to Speak at UofM on October 1

Lee HoodDr. Leroy Hood, a member of all three national academies and recipient of National Medal of Science for his pioneering work on systems medicine, will be delivering a public keynote speech at the University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology on October 1st at 5:00 p.m entitled 21st Century Medicine Is Transforming Healthcare. A strong advocate for P4 healthcare – healthcare that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory – Hood will be in Memphis to participate in the fifth annual meeting of the NIH-funded Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K).

Hood is senior vice president and chief science officer for St. Joseph Health and chief strategy officer, co-founder and professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He contributed to the development of the instruments that ushered in the era of big data in biology and medicine as well as the human genome program.

He co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and most recently, he has been instrumental in the application of systems biology to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases as well as the development of technologies and strategies for personalized medicine. His current research focuses on P4 medicine, with a pilot project on 108 well individuals that is transforming healthcare and leading to a new healthcare discipline called scientific wellness.

Hood is one of just 20 individuals elected to all three National Academies – the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. He has published 750 papers, holds 36 patents, has received 17 honorary degrees and more than 100 awards – including the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation & Inventing, and the National Medal of Science. He is the founder or co-founder of 15 different biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Rosetta, Darwin, Integrated Diagnostics, Indi Molecular and Arivale.

Dr. Hood's address is open to the public. Seating is limited and will be allocated through required on-line RSVP on a first-come, first-served basis.  RSVP >

The keynote will also be streamed online day of for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information, contact Barbara Kuhn at barbara.kuhn@memphis.edu.


Rus and Fleming Awarded $759K NSF grant to enhance skills and retention in Computer Science

Drs. Vasile Rus and Scott Fleming, Department of Computer Science, along with their collaborator Prof. Peter Brusilovsky at the University of Pittsburgh, have been awarded a three-year, $759,136 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funded through NSF’s Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier Program, the project titled "Investigating and Scaffolding Students' Mental Models during Computer Programming Tasks to Improve Learning, Engagement, and Retention," will infuse educational technology in early computer science courses and is expected to have significant impact on students’ programming skills, self-efficacy and retention rates in computer science.