“Recognizing the importance of the biohealth industry in our state, Loyola University Maryland is grateful for the support from the Department of Commerce and private donors who are enabling us to retain Dr. Michael Tangrea as the endowed professor of biology and innovation,” said President Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D. “The funding supports his efforts to educate the next generation of leaders through our new biohealth major, develop advanced technologies for cancer diagnostics, and nurture student innovators in the Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.”
The University of Maryland, Baltimore received three E-Nnovation awards to support research in neurosurgery, bioengineering and social work.
An award of $750,000, matched by $750,000 in donations to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will endow the J. Marc and Philippe Simard Neurosurgery Research Lab. A professor of neurosurgery, pathology and physiology who has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine for 30 years, Dr. J. Marc Simard is close to a breakthrough in developing an alternative treatment for some strokes and traumatic brain injuries that will not require dangerous brain surgeries.
Another $1.5 million was awarded to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry to fund the Karen J. Ivers, D.D.S. Endowed Professorship in Bioengineering. Matched by a $1.5 million donation from Dr. Ivers, the award will support a professor specializing in advanced biomaterials, tissue engineering, and reparative medicine in the field of oral, dental, and craniofacial science.
The University of Maryland School of Social Work received a $500,000 award, matched by $500,000 in qualified donations, to support the newly created Woodside Professorship. The school plans to use this position to recruit a world-class researcher in financial social work and economic justice to Maryland; this researcher would focus on bringing financial stability and prosperity to vulnerable and underserved communities in the state.
“Support for these endowed professorships represents a significant investment in scientific advancement, economic development, and social justice for all Marylanders,” said University of Maryland, Baltimore President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS. “This enables UMB to attract and retain the most innovative research minds and also to expand educational opportunities for the next generation of healthcare, law, and social service professionals.”
The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative was created by the General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session and has provided more than $78 million in funding to leverage $87.9 million in private donations. The funding can be used to pay salaries of newly endowed department chairs, staff and support personnel in designated scientific and technical fields of study; fund related research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students; and purchase lab equipment and other basic infrastructure and equipment.