January 25, 2005

Thomas Yorio, Ph.D., was recently named vice president for research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Yorio will continue to serve as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

â??The dean of the graduate school is the vice president of research at many other medical schools,â? Dr. Yorio said, â??so this is not unusual.â?

Dr. Yorio joined the health science center as an assistant professor in 1977 and rose in rank to professor in the pharmacology and neuroscience department. He was selected as the founding dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1993 and still serves as its dean. He has maintained an active research program, and he is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in glaucoma and signal transduction. His work is funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Yorio has also been a major proponent of increasing under represented minorities in the biomedical sciences. Under his direction, the UNTHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has had the highest percentage enrollment of African-American and Hispanic students of all health science centers in Texas for the past five years. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was designated a Role Model institution by Minority Access Inc., an NIH sponsored organization. In addition, the graduate schoolâ??s Office of Admissions received the coveted 2001 National Science Foundationâ??s Presidential Award for Science Mentoring Outreach, and the Clinton administration also recognized the graduate schoolâ??s outreach program with a â??Best Practiceâ? award.

â??Our research funding has continued to rise, and Dr. Yorio has had a major role in making that happen,â? said Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center. â??I think that his role as vice president of research will only increase our research capabilities.â?

Dr. Yorio earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Herbert H. Lehman College. He earned his doctorate in pharmacology from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He remained at Mount Sinai for a brief postdoctoral appointment, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a National Kidney Foundation Fellow.

He currently resides in Burleson with his wife Elena.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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