George Mashour, MD, PhD, has been named Executive Director of Translational Research in the U-M Office of Research (UMOR). The new position is in addition to his roles as Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in the Medical School Office of Research, Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and varied faculty appointments.
In this new role, Dr. Mashour will work closely with UMOR leadership, the Office of Technology Transfer, the Business Engagement Center, and faculty across campus in advocating for translational research in its many forms across the schools, colleges, and campuses of U-M. He will chair the Translational Research Council, which will be created and charged with coordinating translational activities across campus. George will help educate faculty and staff colleagues about the value and methods of translational research while collaborating with other members of the UMOR team to exchange knowledge, develop shared vision and strategies, and enhance synergies between UMOR and MICHR in community engagement, compliance, education, and training.
Dr. Mashour is the Bert N. La Du Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, and founding director of the Center for Consciousness Science. He also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
He is an internationally recognized expert on the topics of consciousness, anesthetic mechanisms, and neurologic outcomes of surgery. His National Institutes of Health and foundation-funded investigations include a range of approaches, from computational modeling to animal studies to clinical trials, and he has received numerous institutional and national awards as a researcher and educator.
After earning his MD and PhD in neuroscience from Georgetown University, Dr. Mashour completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in neurosurgical anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. During his training, he was awarded two Fulbright scholarships for neuroscience research in Germany.
MICHR will soon be celebrating its 10th year and Dr. Mashour is leading the process of applying for a new Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH. Please join me in congratulating George and supporting him in his many roles and endeavors at the University of Michigan.