Daniel Armstrong Succeeds Richard Bookman as Chair of Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC). Armstrong, who represents the American Cancer Society on the BRAC, succeeds Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, who served as BRAC Chair since 2006.

“Biomedical research on cancer and tobacco-related illnesses benefits Floridians in many ways,” said Armstrong. “It helps us recruit the investigators who can change the future of these diseases, creates collaborations across the state, and ultimately, and most importantly, improves the lives and health of those who are affected or might be affected by these diseases.” He praised Bookman for his many years of service in the role. “Richard chaired the BRAC during a critical time as biomedical research was building in Florida. He is a visionary leader, passionate about the research mission in Florida, and has left a solid foundation for us as we move forward.”

The BRAC advises the State Surgeon General on the direction of state-funded biomedical research and recommends funding of research proposals, as determined by open competitive peer review, through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

“The BRAC is vital for accelerating research progress in cancer and tobacco-related disease in Florida,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong, M.D. “I look forward to working with Dr. Armstrong, and thank Dr. Bookman for his many years of service in support of the biomedical research infrastructure in our state.”

Daniel Armstrong, who is not related to the State Surgeon General, also serves as Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development, Co-Director of the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center, program director of the University of Miami’s Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation, and co-leader of the Biobehavioral Oncology Program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Armstrong is the associate chief of staff for Holtz Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital Center at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, and was the 2011-2012 Chair of the Board and President of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society.

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