Vanderbilt’s Carpenter, Monteggia and Rathmell elected to Nationwide Academy of Medication

Vanderbilt’s Carpenter, Monteggia and Rathmell elected to Nationwide Academy of Medication

Three Vanderbilt College school members have been elected this yr to membership within the Nationwide Academy of Medication, a prestigious, non-governmental group that advises the nation and the world on vital facets of medical science, well being care and public well being. They’re:  

  • Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics, elected by his friends “for his excellent analysis on public insurance policies supposed to curb dangerous behaviors and his seminal work evaluating the scientific and financial results of LGBTQ-related public insurance policies, together with same-sex marriage.”  
  • Lisa M. Monteggia, Barlow Household Director of the Vanderbilt Mind Institute and Professor of Pharmacology, for “seminal contributions to the neurobiology of emotion … (and) transformative contributions to our understanding of synaptic plasticity mechanisms that underlie the therapeutic results of psychiatric remedies.” 
  • Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell, Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor of Medication and Biochemistry and chair of the Division of Medication, for primary science investigations of kidney most cancers “paving the way in which for brand spanking new therapeutics” and contributing to the mentorship, recognition and profession development of physician-scientists. 

With these new members, Vanderbilt College and Vanderbilt College Medical Middle have 25 present and emeritus school members (residing) who’ve been elected to the Nationwide Academy of Medication by their friends in recognition of excellent achievement. 

“Congratulations to Drs. Carpenter, Monteggia and Rathmell on their election to the Nationwide Academy of Medication,” Provost C. Cybele Raver mentioned. “Their accomplishments characterize such an incredible instance of the sort of daring, high-impact analysis we stock out right here at Vanderbilt. Every of those stellar school members carries out rigorous, pathbreaking work in a number of fields of inquiry, yielding discoveries that profit society in actual and significant methods.”

“I need to congratulate Drs. Carpenter, Monteggia and Rathmell on their election into this esteemed physique. Their contributions to medication and science are profoundly vital, and this outstanding recognition with election by their friends is so properly deserved,” mentioned Dr. Jeff Balser, president and chief govt officer of VUMC and dean of Vanderbilt College College of Medication. Balser is the chair of the planning committee for the Nationwide Academy of Medication 2022 annual assembly.  

Carpenter is a well being and labor economist who research the consequences of public insurance policies on well being and household outcomes. He has revealed extensively on the consequences of authorized same-sex marriage, the causes and penalties of youth substance use and the consequences of public insurance policies on well being behaviors corresponding to bicycle helmet use, seatbelt use and vaccination. 

Vanderbilt’s Carpenter, Monteggia and Rathmell elected to Nationwide Academy of Medication
Christopher Carpenter (Lauren Holland/Vanderbilt College)

As founder and director of Vanderbilt’s LGBTQ+ Coverage Lab, Carpenter and his staff apply an interdisciplinary strategy to advance understanding of how social and coverage contexts influence the lives of LGBTQIA+ folks. Earlier this yr, the lab performed the primary complete examine on the well being results of authorized same-sex marriage. 

Earlier than coming to Vanderbilt, Carpenter was affiliate professor of economics/public coverage at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage College of Enterprise. He was additionally a Robert Wooden Johnson Postdoctoral Scholar in Well being Coverage Analysis on the College of Michigan. 

He holds a B.A. in arithmetic, economics and public service from Albion Faculty and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. 

Monteggia was recruited to Vanderbilt in 2018 to develop into the director of the Vanderbilt Mind Institute. She research the neural mechanisms underlying antidepressant efficacy. Her work to establish the proteins within the mind focused by the rapid-acting antidepressant motion of ketamine has opened the door to new prospects for the event of medicine that mimic ketamine’s antidepressant advantages with out its uncomfortable side effects.

Lisa Monteggia

Her laboratory has been investigating the position of neurotrophins, or nerve cell progress components, and the position they play in depressive-like habits and the efficacy of antidepressants. The Nationwide Academy of Medication cited her “pioneering work figuring out a causal hyperlink between neurotrophin signaling and antidepressant motion.” 

Her research of a mouse mannequin of Rett syndrome led to an investigation of epigenetic components that have an effect on gene exercise and expression and which regulate the perform of synapses, the gaps between nerve cells, within the central nervous system. This analysis has relevance for different issues, together with traumatic mind harm. 

Her honors embrace a Distinguished Investigator Award in addition to the Daniel X. Friedman Award for excellent analysis achievement from the Nationwide Alliance for Analysis on Schizophrenia and Melancholy, the Daniel H. Efron Award for excellent primary and translational analysis by the American Faculty of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Worldwide Psychological Well being Analysis Group Award. 

Monteggia at present serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being, board of administrators of the Worldwide Rett Syndrome Basis and the Scientific Council of the Mind & Conduct Analysis Basis. She is an elected Councilor for the Society for Neuroscience. 

Monteggia earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 1999 from the Chicago Medical College of the Rosalind Franklin College of Medication and Science, the place her analysis centered on drug abuse. After postdoctoral work at Yale, she joined the college at UT Southwestern Medical College, the place she was promoted to full professor within the Division of Neuroscience in 2013 and held the Ginny and John Eulich Professorship in Autism Spectrum Issues. 

Rathmell is an internationally acknowledged physician-scientist whose profession has spanned molecular biology analysis within the pathogenesis of kidney most cancers, nationally funded large-scale genomic research of most cancers and scientific investigations which have introduced new biomarkers, imaging modalities and life-saving therapies to affected person care.

Dr. Kimryn Rathmell (Vanderbilt College Medical Middle/Steve Inexperienced)

She is nationally identified for her advocacy of physician-scientist coaching, as a champion for funding for kidney most cancers analysis with work to raise the trigger for uncommon or heritable types of the illness, and for the event of insurance policies that handle drug shortages and conflicts of curiosity in scientific publishing in equitable methods.  

Rathmell leads the Vanderbilt Built-in Molecular Oncology Analysis Coaching Program, a T32 coaching program for scientific fellows that’s supported by the Nationwide Most cancers Institute, and he or she co-leads the Vanderbilt Medical Oncology Profession Growth Program with Dr. Debra Friedman, E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology, and director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 

Rathmell is the writer of greater than 200 peer-reviewed unique articles, assessment articles, books and chapters, and he or she is a often invited visitor speaker on subjects starting from kidney most cancers biology and most cancers metabolism to educational management abilities growth. 

In 2019 the Kidney Most cancers Affiliation acknowledged Rathmell’s analysis accomplishments and management achievements with its prime honor, the Eugene P. Schonfeld Award, which acknowledges extremely revered well being care professionals who’ve made important contributions within the remedy of renal cell carcinoma. She was the primary girl to obtain the award. 

She earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in biophysics at Stanford College, accomplished internship coaching on the College of Chicago and completed medication and oncology coaching on the College of Pennsylvania. Earlier than becoming a member of the Vanderbilt school in 2015, she served for 12 years on the college of the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Extra on the Nationwide Academy of Medication

With greater than 2,400 members, the NAM (previously the Institute of Medication) collaborates carefully with its peer academies, the Nationwide Academy of Sciences and Nationwide Academy of Engineering, to supply impartial and authoritative recommendation on issues of science, expertise and well being nationally and globally. 

The brand new members had been introduced through the NAM’s annual assembly on Oct. 16–17. Balser, elected to the NAM in 2008, chaired the assembly’s planning committee. Bradley Malin, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Pc Science at Vanderbilt, and a NAM member since 2018, was among the many panelists on the assembly’s scientific session: “Revolutionizing the Biomedical and Well being Sciences.”

Since 1990, 37 present, emeritus and former school members of the Vanderbilt College College of Medication have been elected to membership within the NAM by their friends in recognition of their skilled achievement and dedication to service.  


1990 – James Blumstein (Medication) 

1991 – Larry Churchill (Medication, emeritus) 

Mildred Stahlman (Medication, emerita) 

1994 – John Oates (Medication, deceased) 

1996 – Brigid Hogan (Medication, left in 2002) 

1998 – Steven Gabbe (Medication, left in 2008) 

George Hill (Medication, emeritus) 

2000 – William Stead (Medication) 

2001 – Dan Masys (Medication, left in 2011) 

2002 – Harry Jacobson (Medication, emeritus) 

2003 – Harold Moses (Medication, emeritus) 

Peter Buerhaus (Nursing, left in 2015) 

2006 – Ellen Wright Clayton (Medication) 

Randolph Miller (Medication, emeritus) 

Alastair Wooden (Medication, emeritus) 

2008 – Jeff Balser (Medication) 

Kathryn Edwards (Medication) 

Walter Frontera (Medication, left in 2017) 

2009 – Michael DeBaun (Medication) 

2010 – Kevin Johnson (Medication, left in 2021) 

2011 – Jonathan Gitlin (Medication, 2012) 

2012 – Dan Beauchamp (Medication) 

Sten Vermund (Medication, left in 2017) 

2013 – Mark Frisse (Medication, emeritus) 

Betsy Weiner (Nursing, emerita) 

2014 – Nancy Brown (Medication, left in 2020) 

James Crowe (Medication) 

2017 – Melinda Buntin (Medication) 

Josh Denny (Medication, left – adjunct standing – 2020) 

2018 – Brad Malin (Medication) 

2020 – Nancy Carrasco (Medication) 

Velma McBride-Murry (Medication and Peabody) 

Consuelo Wilkins (Medication) 

2021 – Shari Barkin (Medication, left in 2022) 

2022 – Christopher Carpenter (Economics) 

Lisa Monteggia (Medication) 

Kimryn Rathmell (Medication)