Announcement: Dr. Frank Beier appointed Acting Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

I am pleased to announce Dr. Frank Beier has been appointed as Acting Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.

Dr. Beier earned his Diploma in Biology from the University of Erlangen in 1991 and went on to earn his PhD in Biology, Cell Biology/Genetics in 1995. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary from 1996 to 2001. He joined Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and currently holds an appointment as a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Dr. Beier’s research interests include regulation of cartilage growth, development, homeostasis and degeneration. His lab focuses on the role of signaling pathways and gene expression in chondrocytes, and the mechanisms driving the progression of osteoarthritis. His work is currently supported by a Foundation Grant from CIHR and an operating grant from The Arthritis Society.

Dr. Beier was the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health from 2001-2011 and since 2013 holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research. He was the Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Developmental Biology at Western University from 2009-2012. He is a member of several selection and search committees at Western University and several journal editorial boards. He just completed terms on the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and a NIH study section.

Dr. Beier is the recipient of the following awards: Premier’s Research Excellence Award, 2003-2008; Dean’s Award of Excellence for Team in 2003, Dean’s Award of Excellence for Junior Faculty in 2007; The Schulich Educator Award for Graduate Student Teaching in 2008; Faculty Scholar Award at Western University, 2009-2011; Scientist of The Year, Children’s Health Research Institute in 2010, and Dean’s Award of Excellence in Research in 2015.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Beier on his appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute