YOUR WORLD, CHANGINGProtein design, alumni contacts and a new task force

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Photo: Clare McLean

At UW Medicine, some of the best scientists in the world are working to find
cures, treatments and prevention strategies for difficult diseases. In some
cases, the research area being addressed has implications for dozens and even
hundreds of diseases and conditions. One such area is protein design. From
advances in diagnostics to development of vaccines and therapeutics, protein design will change the face of medicine for many diseases.

The lead article in this issue of UW Medicine describes work at UW Medicine at the new UW Institute for Protein Design. David Baker, Ph.D., institute director, and his team developed the Rosetta software program that is now the world standard for predicting protein structures and designing new proteins. It will be exciting to follow what is accomplished at UW Medicine in this truly revolutionary arena.

Several changes have occurred in recent months in UW Medicine Alumni Relations. I am pleased to welcome Sarah Brown Rothschild as the new alumni relations director. Sarah replaces Annie Pontrelli, who, after nearly 12 years in the position, has transitioned to a new role at UW Medicine Advancement as director for regional programs in the advancement office. Annie will work with alumni throughout the WWAMI region to advance education for the WWAMI region — an area of vital importance.

In addition to these changes, a new group, the UW Medicine Alumni Association Task Force, has been charged with developing a strategic vision and plan for the future of the UW Medicine Alumni Association. The task force, represented by alumni whose training years span from the 1950s to the 2000s, will identify ways to advance meaningful interactions among alumni and between alumni and students, as well as assess how UW Medicine can serve alumni throughout their careers.

Thank you for your work on behalf of improving health for all people. That mission is a strong bond among health professionals and drives our work at UW Medicine.

Signature of Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington

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