Alumni Endowed Professorship Program: Jeanne Nerbonne

A program that provides one of the highest honors from the University. Read More

The following is an excerpt from the Washington University in St. Louis Outlook Magazine.  For the complete story, click here.


Endowed professorships help to attract and retain exceptional faculty, and these professorships are among the highest honors that a university can bestow on its researchers, clinicians and teachers.

In 1978, the Alumni Endowed Professorship program was established with the goal of creating one professorship in each department of the School of Medicine. The professorships are funded by unrestricted gifts of $1,000 and greater from medical alumni and former house staff.

To date, the program has funded nine professorships. The first Alumni Endowed Professorship at the School of Medicine, established in 1982, was held by Philip Needleman, PhD, in the Department of Pharmacology.

It was an incredible honor to receive the Alumni Endowed Professorship in Molecular Biology and Pharmacology in 2001, says Jeanne M. Nerbonne, PhD. She admits, however, that at the time she had little idea of what that honor would mean in practical terms.

“Over the years, the impact of the salary support provided by the professorship has moved my laboratory’s research in new directions and has allowed us to pursue new initiatives as opportunities presented themselves, rapidly broadening the scope and impact of our work,” she says.

She adds that a clear case in point is the recent establishment of the Translational Cardiovascular Tissue Core at Washington University, a multi-investigator, collaborative effort that Nerbonne is leading with additional seed funding from the Institute for Clinical and Translation Sciences (ICTS) and the Children’s Discovery Institute.

For the complete story from the WUSTL Outlook Magazine, click here.

Posted on February 14, 2012
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