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MBRF is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith A. Salerno

Published: April 1st, 2009

Category: News

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. as a trustee effective, April 1, 2009.

Dr. Salerno is Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. As Executive Officer, she is the chief operating officer and executive director of the Institute, which provides independent, evidence-based advice on matters of health to the public and private sectors. She is responsible for managing the IOM’s research programs and guiding the Institute’s work on a daily basis.  As trustee of the MBRF, Dr. Salerno will continue in her current position with the IOM.

Prior to coming to the IOM, Dr. Salerno was Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She oversaw over $1 billion in aging research conducted and supported annually by the Institute, including research on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, frailty and function in late life, and the social, behavioral and demographic aspects of aging. As the NIA’s senior geriatrician, Dr. Salerno was vitally interested in improving the health and well-being of older persons, and designed public-private initiatives to address aging stereotypes, novel approaches to support training of new investigators in aging, and award-winning programs to communicate health and research advances to the public. Dr. Salerno also served on numerous boards and national committees concerned with health care issues ranging from the quality of care in long-term care to the future of the geriatric workforce.

Before joining the NIA in 2001, Dr. Salerno directed the continuum of Geriatrics and Extended Care programs across the country for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C. While at the VA, she launched widely recognized national initiatives for pain management and improving end-of-life care. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Salerno was Associate Chief of Staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where she developed and implemented innovative approaches to geriatric primary care and coordinated area-wide geriatric medicine training. Dr. Salerno also co-founded the Washington D.C. Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium, a collaboration of more than 160 educational and community organizations within the Baltimore-Washington region. The consortium generates educational opportunities for professionals serving the aging. Earlier in her career, Dr. Salerno was a Senior Clinical Investigator at the NIA, implementing clinical research protocols for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and hypertension.

Dr. Salerno earned her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1976. She also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine and was Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences and of Medicine at the George Washington University until 2001.

The purpose of the MBRF is to promote research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss.  Dr. Salerno’s background and experience make her uniquely qualified to serve as trustee of the MBRF.

Dr. Salerno will serve with the current trustees, Dr. John G. Clarkson, Charlotte, NC; Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Nina Ellenbogen Raim, Miami Beach, FL; and Teresa W. Borcheck, Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL. in their role of fulfilling the purpose of the Foundation in promoting research of brain in age related memory loss with the goal of preventing, delaying or developing therapies for the cognitive decline associated with the normal aging process.