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Creighton University Establishes Office for Translational Research

Creighton University Establishes Office for Translational Research

The Creighton University School of Medicine has announced the establishment of a new Office for Translational Research, effective April 1.

The mission of the newly created office will be to make the School of Medicine a research institution known nationally and internationally for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary, translational research programs, said Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Creighton medical school dean. The office will build on school’s current research strengths and help develop or translate scientific medical discoveries into clinical applications that benefit patients.

“The Office for Translational Research will greatly enhance Creighton’s ability to more rapidly, efficiently and productively translate fundamental research discoveries into better health care,” Zetterman said.

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D., will serve as Creighton associate dean for translational research. Agrawal, a member of the Creighton School of Medicine’s faculty since 1985, is a professor of biomedical sciences, internal medicine, and medical microbiology and immunology. The author or co-author of more than 400 professional articles, abstracts and book chapters, Agrawal has co-edited three books in the area of allergy, asthma and immunology.

His major research interest involves the immunobiology of pulmonary and vascular diseases. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association; the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council; and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Agrawal holds a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in biochemistry from Lucknow University in India; a doctorate in medical sciences from McMaster University in Ontario; and master’s degrees in business administration and information technology from Creighton University.

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