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MWRI Director and Pitt Faculty Member Elected to Institute of Medicine

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2013Yoel Sadovsky, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) and professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an honor that is considered one of the highest in its field.

Dr. Sadovsky’s election was announced yesterday at the IOM’s 43rd annual meeting in Washington D.C.

In a statement, IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., said “It is an honor to welcome our highly distinguished colleagues to the Institute of Medicine. These individuals have inspired us through their achievements in research, teaching, clinical work and other contributions to the medical field. Their knowledge and skills will deeply enrich the IOM.”

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. IOM's charter ensures diversity of talent among the Institute's membership by requiring at least one-quarter of the members to be selected from fields outside the health professions, such as engineering, social sciences, law and the humanities.

Dr. Sadovsky’s research focuses on the development of the placenta and the function of specialized placental cells called the trophoblast. Using human placental cells as well as mouse models, he studies molecular pathways that govern placental development and adaptive response to stress. Primary areas of research include placental uptake and processing of metabolic fuels, the role of microRNA in placental function, and placental injury and adaptation. Dr. Sadovsky completed his M.D. at Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis, and his post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities. Projects during the past year included studies of environmental factors in breast cancer; health IT and patient safety; nutrition rating systems and graphics on food packaging; the scientific necessity of chimpanzees in research; establishing crisis standards of care during catastrophic disasters; improving care for epilepsy; and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.  

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