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University of Maryland School of Medicine Celebrates New Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Thursday, April 03, 2008

 University System of Maryland Chancellor William E."Brit" Kirwan, PhD, and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, spoke highly of the School of Medicine's newest department chair, Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg.

A reception was held April 3, 2008 to celebrate the appointment of Jay Magaziner, Ph.D., MSHyg., as chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Magaziner has been on faculty at the School of Medicine since 1982, where he most recently served as a professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. He is also co-director of the School of Medicine’s Center for Research on Aging, which coordinates collaboration in gerontology research and training among faculty of the six professional schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

“Dr. Magaziner has demonstrated scientific strength and leadership in many ways since he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine more than 25 years ago,” says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president of medical affairs, University of Maryland, and dean of the School of Medicine. “He developed the Division of Gerontology in the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine and has successfully led that division since 1986. His continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health is in part a testament to his outstanding scholarship.”

Dr. Magaziner received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a trainee in adult development and aging. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Magaziner pursues research in aging in three interrelated areas: the consequences of hip fracture, health and long-term care, and methods for studying older populations. The major focus of his work is to identify ways of enhancing function and improving the quality of life for older persons. He has served as principal investigator on more than 45 research projects and research training projects, and has published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals.

His work on hip fracture focuses on issues related to hip fracture recovery and has earned him the almost-unprecedented honor of receiving two consecutive National Institutes of Health Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Awards, a program designed to provide long-term support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior.

“I am honored to have been named chair of this nationally recognized department,” says Dr. Magaziner. “Our outstanding faculty and staff work extremely hard to improve the health of the people of Maryland and beyond, and to educate and train medical and graduate students. My goals as chair of the department include providing direction to our faculty and the wider research community in important population-based health areas, creating an environment where our educational and research programs can thrive, supporting other outstanding research and educational efforts in the School of Medicine and across the campus, and maintaining a platform for interfacing with other School of Medicine and campus programs.”

Dr. Magaziner has served in many leadership positions locally and nationally, including the Governor’s Commission on Aging Services in Maryland and the board of the Maryland Gerontological Association. He was a founder of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Long-Term Care Project, established in 1984 to oversee research in Maryland nursing homes, and the Baltimore Hip Studies, an interdisciplinary program established in 1983 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore to identify the consequences of hip fracture and to design and test strategies to improve recovery.

On the national level, Dr. Magaziner is recognized for his leadership and expertise in the epidemiology of aging. He has been a regular member of the National Institutes of Health Epidemiology of Clinical Diseases and Aging Study Section, which he chaired from 2001-2005. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and serves on the American Orthopaedic Association 'Own the Bone' Multidisciplinary Advisory Board and the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Palliative Care Research and Training Center.

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