Friday, November 19, 2010 - 9:00am
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is set to announce its first endowed professorship, the “Valley of the Sun” professorship, funded by a gift from Salt River Project.
The $250,000 gift, matched by a standing Virginia G. Piper Trust grant, has created the first such designation for the 4-year-old UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. The recipient of the professorship is noted vitamin D researcher and Regents Professor Mark Haussler, PhD. A short reception announcing the selection of Dr. Haussler will be held at 9 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix campus at 600 E. Van Buren St. in downtown Phoenix
Haussler has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 39 years for his research in osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. He has been part of the UA College of Medicine faculty since 1971 and has received a Lifetime Educator of the Year award. He has gained international renown for his research on Vitamin D as an important part of aging well.
He was featured earlier this year on a national television morning show outlining the importance of vitamin D and its ability to prevent many diseases of aging.
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