Dr. Younger and Dr. Neumar
Dr. Robert Neumar and Dr. John Younger conduct cutting-edge emergency medicine research and also invest in developing the next generation of researchers. In addition to their financial contributions, both researchers volunteer their time to support the work of the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF).
"One of EMF's most important roles is to provide funds to support mentored research training of promising young emergency medicine physician-scientists," states Neumar, who studies the molecular mechanisms of brain injury after cardiac arrest, stroke and head trauma, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "I strongly believe in EMF's mission and am proud to support it financially and with my time." Neumar was appointed to a three-year term on the EMF Board of Trustees by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. In addition, he has chaired the Scientific Review Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the group that evaluates applications submitted to EMF for funding. For more information on his research, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/neumarlab/
"I am very grateful to EMF for funding seed projects that allowed me to get National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding," states Younger." At every early step in my career, EMF was there to help fund my work related to host defense against infection. It's only right that I give back to the foundation that helped launch my career."
Dr. Younger's laboratory is interested in how patients' immune systems 'see' bacteria in their bloodstream, and how these disease-causing organisms experience the bloodstream as an ecosystem. The researchers hope that understanding molecular cues that bacteria provide to host defenses will lead to anti-infection therapies that don't rely on antibiotics. In addition to his own research, Younger mentors other investigators at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, and has had four trainees also receive EMF funds. Younger and his wife, Sharlene Day, a cardiologist and director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at the University of Michigan, are competitive athletes, often seen swimming, bicycling, and running in picturesque southern Michigan.
"EMF is proud of the contributions Dr. Neumar, Dr. Younger, and our other funded researchers have made to the specialty," states Dr. Robert Suter, EMF Chair. "Thanks to EMF, we have helped academic emergency departments obtain millions of dollars of NIH funding. We're continuing to work on advancing emergency medicine through research."