WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Susan M. Hutson, Ph.D., has been named deputy associate dean for research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine by William B. Applegate, M.D., dean. He said she would also serve as liaison between the Office of Research and the Office of Faculty Services.
“Dr. Hutson has a strong interest in faculty research development and mentoring, strategic planning to enhance our research profile, and the use of information technology to facilitate these goals,” Applegate said. “Her skills and interests address important goals within the Office of Research as we continue to expand our research program.”
Hutson, professor of biochemistry, said she would “work to bring people together and develop more multidisciplinary programs.”
Nearly all of Hutson’s biochemistry research in her 16 years at Wake Forest has been in nutrition and nutrition-related disciplines, and through collaborations, she was able to add faculty members who use the tools of structural biology to an established nutrition grant. Hutson has several other nutrition-related grants, and has been continuously funded for more than 20 years by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which has a nutrition division.
“It is challenging to break into new fields,” she said. But through collaboration, her research portfolio has become very diverse, and she hopes to help others do the same thing, especially since NIH is currently emphasizing multidisciplinary, collaborative research.
She is currently chair of the Energy and Macronutrient Research Interest Section of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, which is the primary national nutrition organizations and publisher of the Journal of Nutrition.
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