WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Janice D. Wagner, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been appointed deputy associate dean for research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine by William B. Applegate, M.D., M.P.H., dean and senior vice president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
Applegate also designated Wagner as interim director of the Animal Resources Program and attending veterinarian for Wake Forest University, covering animal research facilities on the Reynolda campus, the Piedmont Triad Research Park downtown, and the Friedberg campus as well as the Bowman Gray (Medical Center) campus.
He said that in her role as deputy associate dean for research, she will emphasize “our growing and successful research programs using animal models.”
Wagner is professor of pathology–comparative medicine and has been on the faculty since 1989. Her research interests are in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and women’s health, and she has received research support from both the National Institutes of Health and from industry. She has also been commissioned by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research to be a guest editor for a special publication on animal models for type 2 diabetes.
Wagner graduated from Hiram College in 1978 with a B.A. degree, earned a master of science degree in pharmacology from the University of Virginia in 1981, a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in pathology from Wake Forest in 1991. She is board certified in laboratory animal medicine.
“During a time of growth in our animal research program and with the opening of the new building on our downtown campus, the considerable skills, experience, vision and insights regarding animal research that Dr. Wagner brings to this new role are of particular importance,” Applegate said.
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