Former Cleveland Clinic scientist to advance CSU's research and health care focus
In its ongoing commitment to serve Northeast Ohio's health care industry, Cleveland State University has named prominent cardiovascular researcher and University of Maryland department chair, Meredith Bond, as Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions.
Since 2003, Dr. Bond has chaired the highly ranked Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine. She was a prominent heart researcher at the renowned Cleveland Clinic for 16 years, served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and has held various roles with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been widely published and was an Established Investigator for the American Heart Association (AHA) for five years.
"Dr. Bond's outstanding reputation and academic experience positions her well to elevate CSU's role in Northeast Ohio's largest industry – health care," said CSU President Ronald Berkman. "Cleveland State has more health profession programs in the region than any other university, and the growing reputation of our center for gene regulation research will be advanced through Dr. Bond's leadership."
With more than 25 years of experience in cardiovascular research funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association, Dr. Bond will work to advance CSU's research and fundraising capabilities. She will expand CSU's relationships with area hospitals, while developing the University's new medical school program with NEOMED (formerly NEOUCOM). Cleveland State and NEOMED recently partnered to develop a medical school track at CSU that will produce primary care physicians trained specifically for urban communities. The program is one of the first of its kind in the nation.
While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Bond increased the Department of Physiology's grant rankings from 32nd in the nation to 12th in just five years. This year, the School of Medicine was ranked 38th in the nation for research by U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Bond served as Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland in 2004 and 2005. She has been an officer of the Biophysical Society, the American Physiological Society, the AHA and the International Society for Heart Research. She has served on NIH and AHA peer review study sections and has been a member of editorial boards of national and international scientific journals including, Physiological Reviews, Journal of Biological Chemistry; American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology.
Dr. Bond's research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of the regulation of contractility in the heart. Studies from the Bond lab, in isolated cell cultures, in animal models of heart disease and in failing human hearts, have revealed that downstream regulation of the beta- adrenergic signaling pathway, which regulates heart rate and force of contraction, is impaired in diseased hearts. Her recent work focuses on the role of scaffolding proteins called "A-kinase anchoring proteins" or AKAPs, in catecholamine regulation of contraction.
Dr. Bond earned her bachelor's degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. She will begin at CSU on July 18.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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