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Dr. Laurie McCauley, Dean of the University of Michigan SOD, Elected to National Academy of Medicine

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Laurie McCauley, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD), has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The NAM, originally known as the Institute of Medicine, was renamed in July 2015.Dr. Laurie McCauley

Dr. McCauley became Dean of the U-M SOD in September 2013. She chaired the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (2002–2012), one of the school’s largest, with more than 180 faculty, staff and graduate students prior to assuming the deanship.

Additionally, she is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the U-M Medical School. She earned her D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (in veterinary pathobiology) from The Ohio State University. Dr. McCauley was a visiting scientist/professor at the Institut Génétique Biologie Moléculaire Cellulaire, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Harvard School of Medicine.

U-M SOD LogoDr. McCauley is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former council member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), former Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. She also served on the National Institutes of Health, National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.

For more than 20 years, Dr. McCauley has led an active research program in hormonal controls and cellular mechanisms of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis.

Among the many awards and honors she has received are the inaugural Paula Stern Achievement Award from ASBMR, a distinguished scientist award from the International Association for Dental Research, and the Academy Award – Distinguished Scientist Award presented by the American Academy of Periodontology.

“I am deeply grateful for the supportive environment and outstanding colleagues at Michigan that contributed to the work for which I am being recognized,” says Dr. McCauley. “It is an incredible honor to be selected for membership in the National Academy of Medicine.”

Dr. McCauley is U-M SOD’s second dean to be honored with membership in the NAM. In 2011, Peter Polverini, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., was inducted into the Institute of Medicine before the name change.

Membership in the NAM is one of the highest honors in health and medicine. It is based on distinguished professional achievement in a field related to medicine and health; demonstrated and continued involvement with issues of health care, disease prevention, education or research; skills and resources likely to contribute to achieving the NAM’s mission; and willingness to be an active participant in the work of the NAM.

Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions in advancing the medical sciences, health care and public health. No more than 70 regular members and 10 international members are elected annually. Dr. McCauley, who joins three others from U-M, brings total active membership in the NAM to 1,826. Its international membership is 137.

Published on November 11, 2015.

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