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Renowned endocrinologist to lead College of Medicine’s research enterprise

Dr. S. Sethu K. Reddy assumes the college’s chief research position

Contact: Aaron Mills

After a nationwide search, the Central Michigan University College of Medicine has appointed one of its own to lead the college's growing foundational and clinical research enterprise.

Dr. S. Sethu K. Reddy, a professor and chair of medical disciplines with the College of Medicine for the past four years, now holds the role of senior associate dean for research. Reddy has previously been chief of adult diabetes at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard, in Boston; chair of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Cleveland Clinic; and a vice president for medical affairs in the U.S. at Merck. He has currently ascended to become president-elect for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. In 2007, he became the youngest person to receive the distinction of mastership in the American College of Endocrinology.

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"I am looking forward to working with the talented researchers at the College of Medicine. My success will entirely depend on their success," said Reddy. "The future of research is in team science – clinicians and foundational scientists working together, which we are already doing at CMU, notably in neuro-science, population health, and pediatrics."

Reddy has completed a research fellowship in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, focusing on insulin receptor tyrosine kinase activity. He has also collaborated with Canadian epidemiologists on the interplay between insulin resistance and hypertension. Subsequently, he received a multi-year support from the National Health Research and Development Program for the study of diabetes amongst First Nations' people of Atlantic Canada.

During his tenure at Cleveland Clinic, Reddy successfully created collaborations between basic and clinical scientists in areas of thyroid cancer, obesity and dataset analyses and also was a co-investigator on numerous clinical trials. At Merck, he co-chaired the global investigator-initiated research program in diabetes, and more recently, prior to joining CMU, he led efforts for Joslin Diabetes Center to partner with the Harvard Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute group.

"Dr. Reddy is an ideal candidate for this position," said Dr. George E. Kikano, CMU's vice president for health affairs and dean of the CMU College of Medicine. "He is a skillful clinician and researcher with training in basic science and experience in clinical and translational research. Dr. Reddy is an excellent mentor for faculty and will advance the college research agenda."

"We are thankful for our previous senior associate dean for research, Edward McKee, who will continue in another role with the College of Medicine as a tenured faculty member. He will also become more active in his own research, studying mitochondrial function and biogenesis in rat and mouse models as it relates to human diseases," said Kikano.

In addition to a new senior associate dean for research, the College of Medicine appointed Dr. Mariana Rosca, CMU associate professor of physiology, to the role of foundation science chair. Rosca has served as interim chair since April 2021.

“Dr. Rosca has modeled thoughtful leadership and is a strong and competent professional,” said Kikano.

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