Robert E. W. Fyffe, Ph.D., has been appointed associate dean for research affairs at Wright State University School of Medicine, effective immediately. In this position, he will be responsible for administering programs designed to support the medical school's research activities in the basic and clinical sciences.
Fyffe is a professor of anatomy at Wright State. He is also director of Wright State's Center for Brain Research, which was established last year with support from the Kettering Fund. The center promotes interdisciplinary research collaborations among scientists and doctors who study how the brain functions in health and disease. Fyffe served previously as director of the Wright State's Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program.
A native of Alexandria, Scotland, Fyffe received a B.Sc. degree with honors in biochemistry from the University of Glasgow. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in neurophysiology from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Wright State's faculty in 1992, he was a research fellow at the Australian National University and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Fyffe's research on the anatomy and physiology of nerve cells has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1988. Last year he was awarded a $1.45 million grant from NIH to investigate cellular mechanisms involved in spinal-cord injury; the research is conducted in collaboration with scientists at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also holds a $1.15 million NIH grant to study ion channel expression in the central nervous system. He has served as a reviewer of NIH grant proposals since 1993.
"Dr. Fyffe provides exemplary leadership for the research enterprise at the School of Medicine," says Howard Part, M.D., Wright State dean of medicine. "His experience as a scientist, educator, and administrator is excellent preparation for the challenge of establishing a new Office of Research Affairs at the medical school."
"With the federal government's commitment to double NIH funding over a five-year period (by 2003), there are unprecedented opportunities for research development in the basic and clinical sciences," Fyffe says. "I look forward to working with medical school faculty to enhance research support and collaboration at Wright State."