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Dr. Ariel Gomez Is Appointed Interim Vice President For Research And Public Service

August 22, 2001-- Dr. R. Ariel Gomez, professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia, has been named interim vice president for research and public service, President John T. Casteen III announced.

Gomez, who also serves as director of U.Va.’s Center for Organogenesis and the NIH-supported Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology, will hold the vice presidential post while a search is conducted to replace Gene D. Block, who will become U.Va.’s vice president and provost Sept. 1.

"Dr. Gomez has a long and deep familiarity with the University’s research enterprise," Casteen said. "In addition to his own distinguished work in the School of Medicine, he has been actively involved as a special advisor to Gene Block on a broad range of research issues. He has helped to shape the University’s vision for excellence as a member of our Virginia 2020 science and technology long-range planning commission."

Gomez, who joined the U.Va. faculty in 1984, pursues fundamental research on the basic mechanisms of kidney development. He will head the office responsible for the development and support of faculty research as well as public service, federal and industrial relations and intellectual property.

The author of numerous scientific articles, he is an editorial board member of the journals Hypertension, American Journal of Physiology and Pediatric Nephrology and has been a peer reviewer for some 18 other journals. He has served on numerous grant review committees including the cardiovascular and renal NIH study section and was a member of the two NIH task forces that identified the research needs of children and adults with renal diseases. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1975 and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa and the University of California at San Francisco.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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