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New Leaders Named for RUSM Pharmacology, Anatomy Departments

November 12, 2014

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has named two faculty members as chairs of their respective departments.

Alan Bateson, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the RUSM Department of Pharmacology.  A professor of pharmacology who joined RUSM in 2011, Dr. Bateson teaches cardiovascular/renal pharmacology and neuropharmacology, is Chair of the Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee, and is a member of both the Curriculum Committee and the Clinical Curriculum Subcommittee. Previously, he was interim chair of the Pharmacology Department at RUSM.

Dr. Bateson earned his PhD from the University of London (King’s College), UK, in biochemistry and molecular biology. He has held faculty appointments in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pharmacology—with adjunct positions in psychiatry and neuroscience—and, later, in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds, UK. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers as well as books and review chapters, primarily in the area of GABA-A receptor neuropharmacology and other channels important to cardiovascular functions. Multiple agencies, such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research, have funded Dr. Bateson’s research.

Sheila Nunn, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the RUSM Department of Anatomy. She previously served as interim chair of RUSM’s anatomy department, having joined RUSM full-time in September 2013. Dr. Nunn is a member of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, and the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).  She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of gastrointestinal anatomy and pathology and medical education.

She completed postgraduate study at The Queen’s University of Belfast, Ireland, where she earned a PhD in anatomy.  She spent two years at RUSM as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy before returning to the UK in 1995 to become a Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Leeds, where she was primarily involved in the teaching and mentoring of medical students, in addition to carrying out research responsibilities.

In 2001, Dr. Nunn was recruited to set up the Department of Anatomy at the University of Durham, UK, an institution that was going to admit its first cohort of medical students that year.  She also served as a Senior Anatomy Lecturer, Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners, and Director of the Clinical Skills Laboratory at Durham.  In 2006, she returned to the University of Leeds as a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy.  She was Program Leader for the Intercalated degree in Anatomy, and was responsible for all of the embryology and the majority of the histology teaching to medical and dental students, lectures in gross anatomy and lower limb, and all labs to medical, dental and science students.  

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