The Wistar Institute Welcomes New Board Members

The Wistar Institute Welcomes New Board Members

November 7, 2010

(PHILADELPHIA—November 8, 2010) – The Wistar Institute recently welcomed Vincent Price, Ph.D., and Edward Ziff, Ph.D., to its board of trustees.

Vincent Price, Ph.D., is provost of the University of Pennsylvania and the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. He holds a secondary appointment at the university as a professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Price has published extensively on the topics of mass communication and public opinion, social influence processes, and political communication. His book, Public Opinion, has been translated and published in five languages. His current research focuses on the role of online political conversation and deliberation in shaping public opinion and is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Prior to joining Penn in 1998, Price served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, where he also held an appointment as a faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies at the Institute of Social Research. Former editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly, the leading journal of public opinion research, he has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Amsterdam and delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and colloquia around the world. Price earned his doctorate in communication at Stanford University, Calif.

Edward Ziff, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry and neural science at New York University, where he is also an adjunct professor of biology and an affiliate at the Center for Neural Science. Ziff maintains an active research lab in the department of biochemistry at the School of Medicine. At NYU, he was a member of the Central Committee on Appointments and Tenure for 11 years. He currently chairs the NYU Neuroscience Advisory Committee and serves as Associate Director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program.

Ziff's laboratory studies the regulation of AMPA receptors, glutamate-regulated cation channels that are found at excitatory synapses in the central nervous system. His lab has cloned a group of proteins that bind to the cytoplasmic domains of AMPA receptor subunits and is studying their contributions to receptor transport and the regulation of synapse strength. His work is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

While at NYU, Ziff spent 13 years as an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where his lab discovered a class of genes that are rapidly activated by extracellular signals. He is chair of The Wistar Institute External Scientific Advisory Committee, and has been a member of the committee for more than 20 years. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry at Princeton University, N.J.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the Web at www.wistar.org.

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