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Heaney Named VP for Research at Creighton University

Heaney Named VP for Research at Creighton University

Robert P. Heaney, M.D., has been named to the newly created position of vice president for research, effective Aug. 3.

In this position, he will oversee research for the entire University, including the School of Medicine. His responsibilities will include maintaining a competitive research infrastructure, supporting faculty researchers, and developing revenue-generating opportunities.

“I am pleased that Dr. Heaney has agreed to accept this new challenge,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton president. “He has the skill and the vision to begin a new and prominent chapter in the history of Creighton University research – just as he did with the University’s internationally recognized Osteoporosis Research Center.”

Heaney said the addition of a vice president for research positions Creighton to “make a substantial leap ahead in research, particularly biomedical research. …I see my role as helping to create an infrastructure that removes red-tape barriers to research and allows faculty members to focus on research itself.”

A member of Creighton’s faculty for 52 years, Heaney most recently was interim vice president for the health sciences. He has served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and founded Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center. In 1971, he became Creighton’s first vice president for health sciences; he held that position until 1984 when he was given an all-University appointment as John A. Creighton University Professor.

Heaney is a world-renowned expert and lecturer in bone biology with special emphasis on calcium and vitamin D nutrition. He has authored over 400 original scientific articles and reviews, and has received most of the major scientific awards in the nutrition field.