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Craig Byus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Medical School Official Recognized by Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

Craig V. Byus receives Lifetime Achievement Award as a medical education leader in Inland Southern California

(June 28, 2011)

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Craig Byus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Craig V. Byus, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the UCR School of Medicine, was one of five individuals and organizations honored recently by the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, which supports a variety of health education programs to the general public.

Byus received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual “Shining Stars of the Community” Gala on June 18. The award recognizes Byus’ leadership in medical education in the region, particularly as the program director of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences.

The program provides admitted students their first two years of medical school training on the UCR campus, after which students transfer to the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine for the final two years of clinical rotations to complete their M.D. degrees. It is the foundation on which the UCR School of Medicine will be launched.

Since 2004, Byus has served as dean and program director of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences. Additionally, he is senior associate dean in the UCR medical school. He also holds an academic appointment as professor of biomedical sciences, maintaining an active research laboratory concerned with the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, particularly as they relate to cancer.

He served for 15 years as a member of the Scientific Review Panel of the California Air Resources Board, reviewing and evaluating the environmental risks of toxic air contaminants prior to the risk management by the board. In 2009, he received a Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP-Riverside Branch.

Byus earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1968, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 1973.

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