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June 13, 2006
Vice Provost for Research Dr. Molinoff Returns to School of Medicine
Dr. Perry Molinoff, a distinguished neuroscientist and the A.N. Richards Professor and chair of the department of pharmacology (Emeritus) in the School of Medicine, has announced that he will be returning to the School of Medicine at the end of his three year term as Vice Provost for Research. In that capacity, he will assist the School in supporting its research translation activities and will resume teaching. Dr. Molinoff has also agreed to serve as Special Advisor to the Office of the Provost on research policy.
As the VP for Research since 2003, Dr. Molinoff has shaped policy and advanced administrative initiatives for the University's $750 million research enterprise. He has dealt directly with policy issues relating to the conduct of research, including animal and human research and clinical trials. He played a central role in strategic planning for research and coordinated the development of new research facilities.
During his tenure, Dr. Molinoff guided the reorganization of the Office of Regulatory Affairs by overseeing the development of a tracking system that provides measurable performance data for the IRB review process, reviewed the timelines and goals of the PennERA program, and formalized and coordinated University policies with regard to Conflict of Interest, Human Subject Research and supported the development of a Social Science and Behavioral Sciences training module. He has increased the quality of the animal care program, including support of a new billing and tracking system, setting the stage for AAALAC accreditation across the campus. Most recently, he restructured the Center for Technology Transfer and integrated the Office of Strategic Initiatives into the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Dr. Steven Fluharty will serve as Interim Vice Provost for Research, effective July 1, 2006. Dr. Fluharty is a professor of pharmacology, psychology and neuroscience and the former director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program. He has served as the first associate Vice Provost for Research since October, 2005. The search for the next Vice Provost for Research will commence shortly.
Provost Ron Daniels said, “I am deeply appreciative to Perry for his valuable leadership at Penn. He has made significant and enduring contributions to the University’s research enterprise, and Penn is fortunate that he returned to serve as Vice Provost Research in 2003.”