Dianne Rekow, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
and of Orthodontics and the Director of Translational Research
at NYUCD, has been named Chairman of the Department of Basic Science
and Craniofacial Biology.
Dr. Rekow said that in addition to seeking
innovative approaches to incorporating new material into the curriculum,
she plans to step up her efforts to close the gap between basic
science and clinical researchers. "The mapping of the human genome
has narrowed the distance between basic science and clinical research,” she
explained, “and with developments in biotechnology making
once unimaginable clinical advances possible, there are increasing
opportunities for basic scientists to consider how their research
might evolve in the clinical setting.
"Encouraging our basic scientists
and clinical researchers to share information will increase the
prospects for translational research — so called because
it translates novel basic science findings into testable hypotheses
for evaluation in clinical trials. Although we will continue to
conduct research in very basic areas that may never be tested in
patient trials, I believe we can work towards incorporating clinical
questions into more of our basic science research objectives.”
Rekow is especially well qualified for this position,” said
Dean Alfano. “She is the very model of a person who combines
mastery of both the basic and clinical sciences."