July 18, 2005

Contact: Luke Frank (505) 272-3679

Jenny Savage: (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Richard S. Larson, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM). "We are extremely fortunate in having such a talented faculty to assume this critical post in the School of Medicine," said Paul Roth, dean of UNM SOM.

Dr. Larson brings to the position a breadth of basic science, translational and clinical research experiences. Receiving both his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University , Dr. Larson went on to complete pathology residency training at Washington University at St. Louis and hematopathology fellowship training at Vanderbilt University . He has published more than 70 manuscripts and book chapters involving basic science, clinical and translational research.

Dr. Larson serves as chair of the Leukemia, Immunology and Red Blood Cell study section for the American Cancer Society and remains active in the national clinical trial cooperative group for children's cancer, as well as national organizations such as the American Society of Hematology and College of American Pathologists . Dr. Larson will continue to serve as a member of the Board of TriCore Regional Laboratories, co-leader of the Hematologic Malignancy Program in the Cancer Research & Treatment Center and director of his research laboratory while serving in his new role as head of the SOM Office of Research.

The Office of Research supports the research efforts of the faculty and staff of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine by managing and sustaining research relationships within UNM and between UNM and external biomedical research organizations. This benefits research efforts in the SOM by leveraging scientific sophistication, augmenting grant competitiveness, expanding scientific critical mass, and providing a stable stream of research projects.