Dr Roger Young elected to national board for March of Dimes

first_imgDR. ROGER YOUNG ELECTED TO NATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MARCH OF DIMESBurlington, Vermont – Roger C. Young, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Director of Vermont Perinatal Care at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, during their annual summer meeting. March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms. “Dr. Young is committed to the core mission of the March of Dimes. We look forward to working with him over the next five years,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. Dr. Young has reviewed scientific grant applications for the March of Dimes for six years, and has been a member of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee since 2006. During his career, which also has included academic appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center, Dr. Young has conducted basic and translational research, culminating in a five-year National Institute of Health-sponsored research project on the physiology of the uterus. He is a recognized leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy, and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rates of premature birth in the United States – also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes. He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. He has also co-edited one book. Dr. Young is a graduate of McDaniel College, Western Maryland College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Dr. Kathryn Schwarzenberger, have three children and live in South Burlington, Vermont. In accepting the new position, Dr. Young noted: “I am honored to have been elected to the March of Dimes Board of Trustees. One of the major goals of the March of Dimes is to reduce the rate of preterm births, reduce the complications of prematurity, and help each baby get the best possible start on life. Despite decades of research, prematurity rates are sadly rising in the US, and it feels as if we are losing the battle. The March of Dimes has recently renewed its efforts, and stated bold new goals, to reduce prematurity. To accomplish these goals will require a broad spectrum of help – from volunteers, administrators, businesses, and most importantly, individual contributors. It is a wonderful organization, and I am looking forward to helping in any way.” The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(r), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In Vermont, the March of Dimes is investing over $935,000 in 2008 to further its mission within local communities, including two major research projects at UVM College of Medicine and several local community projects. For the latest resources information and supporting activities visit marchofdimes.com/Vermont.# # # #last_img

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