Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Enhance the academic excellence and reputation of the Division and its hospital partners through joint investments and improved integration and alignment of strategic interests

Action Taken

  • Commissioned through the Board of Fellows an external review of Biomed in preparation for recruiting a new dean; received report in January 2003
  • Developed a financial model for the expansion of the Division of Biology and Medicine, including the Medical School and the Program in Public Health
  • Received Corporation approval in February 2004 for new directions for the Division of Biology and Medicine as part of the overall Plan for Academic Enrichment
  • Established the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the Division and the position of associate dean to enhance the training environment and trainee funding opportunities
  • Established a partnership between the dean of medicine and biological sciences, the leadership of affiliated hospitals, and department chairs to support and coordinate academic activities
  • Issued Report of the Strategic Planning Group (January 2007) calling for a new medical education facility, new research investments, and a set of administrative reforms to guide the development of new Brown-hospital relationships
  • Published new mission and vision statements in 2007 for the Division, complete with strategic objectives and a “table of needs” to make priorities transparent, guide decision-making and focus fundraising efforts
  • Appointed Edward J. Wing as dean, effective July 1, 2008
  • Updated an analysis of the entire Brown biomedical enterprise to evaluate the collective scale of University and hospital-based research, revealing a productive scientific community with $158 million in peer-reviewed funding (FY07 data) and a near-even contribution to the shared research enterprise between Brown and its primary hospital affiliate
  • Secured a planning grant for a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award from the NIH to help focus enterprise-wide research on discoveries that improve human health
  • Launched formal partnership negotiations in the fall of 2008 with Lifespan, our primary clinical affiliate; made significant progress to strengthen the alliance via the alignment of financial incentives
  • Hosted the 2009 “Frontiers of Healthcare” conference at Brown, with a focus on federal efforts to reform the healthcare industry
  • Appointed Michele Cyr (academic affairs) Glenn Tung (clinical affairs), and Lindsay Graham (administration) to key Biomed leadership roles, completing a year-long restructuring of the Dean’s Office
  • In the fall of 2009, held a series of panel discussions on national health care reform to provide clarity on the legislative proposals
  • For the first time since 1993, Brown University has been granted funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute allowing 120 Brown sophomores and juniors to conduct intensive biomedical research in the University’s laboratories. Professor of Medical Science Michael McKeown will launch the program
  • In the fall of 2010, Brown University and Lifespan amended their affiliation agreement strengthening the relationship between the two entities through the creation of joint planning committees, and an increased investment in support of the Dean’s funding priorities
  • Campus-based sponsored funding in FY11 reached $88M due to key faculty recruitments, increased productivity among existing faculty and new funding opportunities provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Developed a possible framework for an expansion of the Brown Institute of Brain Science.  If approved, Phase 1 would involve recruiting seven new faculty in BioMed, E&G departments, and hospital-based physicians to advance interdisciplinary research in the brain sciences

Action Needed

  • Identify priority areas for new research investments to be financed by the Warren Alpert Foundation gift, hospital funds, and new fundraising
  • Finalize new partnership agreements with Care New England Hospitals


  • President
  • Provost
  • Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences

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