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Renowned Immunologist to Present a Vision for UCR’s Health Sciences Research Institute


Renowned Immunologist to Present a Vision for UCR’s Health Sciences Research Institute

Dartmouth Medical School’s Randolph J. Noelle will speak at UCR on March 12

(March 4, 2007)

Randolph J. Noelle is a professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of the Immunotherapy Center at Dartmouth Medical School.

Randolph J. Noelle is a professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of the Immunotherapy Center at Dartmouth Medical School.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Randolph J. Noelle, professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of the Immunotherapy Center at Dartmouth Medical School, will present a vision for the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) in an open forum at 4:10 p.m., Monday, March 12, in the Statistics Building, room B650.

On the Dartmouth Medical School faculty since 1984, Noelle is recognized for taking basic science discoveries of how the immune system works and applying them to contemporary issues of human disease.

By collaborating with clinical scientists, Noelle and his colleagues have developed immune-based strategies to treat autoimmunity and cancer. For many years, his laboratory has been studying how the body rejects or accepts a transplanted organ or skin graft. Recently, his lab found a way to induce transplant tolerance in mice. His lab also has developed molecules that can block graft rejection and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Noelle received his Ph.D. from Albany Medical College in 1980; was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas from 1980-1984; and in 1984, he joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School as an assistant professor. In 1995, he was promoted to professor of microbiology. He is the recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, given to top grant recipients.

The HSRI aims to strengthen and focus research and graduate education in the biomedical and health sciences on campus and stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration with the private sector. The institute will bring together researchers from all sectors of health research to help produce ground-breaking discoveries in biomedical/health research. The vision for the institute includes association with the proposed UCR medical school that would attract strong clinical researchers and offer unique graduate and professional programs in health. Currently, the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences offers, at UCR, the first two years of medical school.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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