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[July 16, 2010]


Robert F. Furchgott Society at SUNY Downstate Medical Center Announces New Leadership:

Dr. Henri Tiedge and Dr. Daniel Rosenbaum Named to Top Positions


Two leading faculty researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have been appointed to head the Robert F. Furchgott Society. Henri Tiedge, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology and of neurology, and Daniel Rosenbaum, MD, professor and chair of neurology, have been named president and vice-president, respectively.

Drs. Tiedge and Rosenbaum are two of the most widely respected researchers in their fields. They take the helm of a membership organization dedicated to promoting research excellence and advancing the careers of young scientists.

Dr. Tiedge is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator known for his research on the mechanisms of neuronal gene expression, RNA transport, and RNA control of neuronal function. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals and has served on review committees of various funding organizations, including the NIH and Department of Defense.

Dr. Rosenbaum is cited by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in New York” and “Best Doctors in America.” His clinical and basic research focuses on neurological disorders and stroke and he has been continuously funded by the NIH for more than 20 years. Dr. Rosenbaum has served on NIH review committees and has published more than 90 articles in all of the top-tier journals.

The Robert F. Furchgott Society provides support to postdoctoral basic researchers, clinical fellows, residents, graduate students, and medical undergraduates; underwrites the cost of presentations at professional conferences; and sponsors an annual visiting professorship and lecture series.

The Society was established in 2005 as a tribute to the achievements of the late Dr. Furchgott, former chairman and professor emeritus of pharmacology and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Dr. Furchgott's discoveries have helped scientists understand and find new treatments for cardiovascular diseases and a host of other conditions, ranging from immune disorders to memory loss, pulmonary disease, and erectile dysfunction. The entire course of his prize-winning research was performed in his laboratory at SUNY Downstate.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.