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For Release: September 15, 2010
David Corriveau, Media-Relations Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, at or 603-653-1978.

Physiologist Stanton named to Vail Chair

Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D.

Hanover, N.H.—Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D., an acclaimed researcher and educator on the environmental triggers of disease, has been appointed to the Andrew C. Vail Memorial Professorship at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS). He succeeds DMS colleague and fellow physiologist Donald Bartlett Jr., M.D., in the Vail chair.

Mary W. McGaw established the professorship in memory of her grandson, to support the research interests of exemplary members of the DMS faculty.

A professor of physiology at DMS since 1993, Stanton directs Dartmouth's Lung Biology Center, Environmental Health Sciences Center, and Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. He is the principal investigator for several major research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and from private foundations. He focuses his research on issues ranging from causes and prevention of cystic fibrosis (CF) to the cancer-causing effects of naturally-occurring arsenic, particularly in drinking water. In 2009, reviewers for Faculty of 1000 Medicine praised two of his DMS team's studies as ranking among the most important articles of that year in the search for treatments of CF.

"I am honored to be able to carry on in the footsteps of my colleague Don Bartlett," Stanton says. "We are also grateful for the foresight and generosity of Mary McGaw, who by establishing this professorship has enabled us to continue our research at levels that would not be possible otherwise."

Stanton arrived at Dartmouth in 1984 from Yale University, where he followed up his master's, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies in physiology by working as an associate research scientist. He has presented his findings at the invitation of many institutes and scientific conferences, and has written or co-written several of the seminal textbooks on physiology.

DMS Dean William R. Green, Ph.D., points out that an endowed chair is among the most important gifts to higher education, given to honor and recognize the distinction of superior faculty while providing invaluable financial support for use in research, teaching or service activities.

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