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October 2, 2013

Research Leadership

As we work together at the UConn Health Center to be an even more successful research organization and to meet the goals of Bioscience Connecticut, it is imperative that our research operation be even more effective, efficient, and productive than it already is. Furthermore, it is critical that the Health Center works seamlessly and synergistically with the Storrs campus to support the goals of Next Generation Connecticut and most importantly, to achieve research preeminence for the entire University of Connecticut.

The bylaws of the University of Connecticut in fact provide for the necessary seamless and synergistic research leadership, in that the Vice President for Research “is responsible for the research enterprise and the coordination of research-related operations across the University of Connecticut, including the Health Center and its School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine.” However, we have not previously taken sufficient advantage of this leadership position at the Health Center. For that reason, I have spoken with President Herbst to request that Dr. Jeff Seemann, UConn’s Vice President for Research, take on a much more active role at the Health Center, and in particular provide oversight and direction for critical research functions, including research administration and finance, research compliance, and research IT. She has agreed.

Dr. Seemann already has an office at the Health Center and will be spending considerable time here. He has asked me to tell you that he is very much looking forward to the opportunity to be of greater service to all of you. I look forward to having Dr. Seemann as a partner in advancing the research enterprise of the Health Center.

Sincerely,

Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine