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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15, 2010 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Ted M. Ross, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Vaccine Research, has been awarded a $946,000 contract from the non-profit organization PATH to advance research on universal influenza vaccines that can elicit coverage across influenza strains. The collaborative project will focus on H1N1 and H5N1, and use a class of antigens that are broadly reactive against current and future strains of influenza. The goal of the 18-month project is to initiate research to support the development of strong influenza vaccine candidates with the potential to be accessible and affordable for low-resource countries in an influenza outbreak.
  • Eric M. Altschuler, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, recently was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, a statewide organization that addresses the concerns of neurosurgeons and patients in the prevention and treatment of neurological trauma and illness.
  • Bambang Parmanto, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received the Research Award from the American Health Information Management Association at the association’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to health information management research.
  • Deborah Opacic EdD, PA-C, assistant professor and program director of physician assistant studies, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was chosen by her students, peers and the awards committee of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) as the recipient of the 2010 PA Educator of the Year Award. She received the award at the 35th annual PSPA conference held in Harrisburg, Pa., in October.
  • Eugene N. Myers, M.D., FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon), distinguished professor and emeritus chair, Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, is internationally renowned and has been the guest of honor and lecturer at several locations recently, including the Annual Educational Conference of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Cairo; the Department of Otolaryngology at the American University of Beirut; and the 32nd Turkish National Congress of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. In addition, Dr. Myers was elected Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Alexandria.

About the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Graduate School of Public Health. The schools serve as the academic partner to the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). Together, their combined mission is to train tomorrow’s health care specialists and biomedical scientists, engage in groundbreaking research that will advance understanding of the causes and treatments of disease and participate in the delivery of outstanding patient care. Since 1997, Pitt and its affiliated university faculty have ranked among the top 10 educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health. For additional information about the Schools of the Health Sciences, please visit

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