SMHS Supports Research with New Dean Appointment

In the interest of further advancing the George Washington University research mission, GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has selected renowned neuroscientist and research administrator Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., to serve as the senior associate dean for research.

Robert Miller

Miller will draw upon more than 30 years of experience in research and leadership as he provides support for SMHS scientists. He will lead efforts to identify research funding, assess and identify areas for research expansion, cultivate research relationships with outside entities, lead research-related faculty development, and create plans to secure the infrastructure and technology required to aid SMHS research priorities.

“The addition of Dr. Miller to the SMHS leadership team will be a tremendous asset to SMHS and our faculty members,” said Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, vice president for health affairs, and dean of SMHS. “His successful track record of administrative oversight and management, coupled with his rigorous research expertise, make him the ideal candidate for this position. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Miller to foster existing partnerships and cultivate new relationships that will greatly benefit our research enterprise.”

Upon his arrival at GW, Miller will review school-wide policies and metrics as he develops a plan to leverage GW’s strengths, as well as identify new areas of research. He will also supervise SMHS research activities; serve as an advocate for SMHS faculty members; and foster effective interaction between the departments, the school, and the university involving grant and contract submission and management.

As the vice president for research at Case Western Reserve University, Miller was responsible for providing campus-wide leadership and strategic guidance in all areas of research. He also served as the director of the Center for Translational Neurosciences, professor in the Department of Neurosciences, and the Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Diseases.

Miller is the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded grants, and he will continue his role as an active researcher. His research has provided targeted insights into a variety of neuropathological conditions, which are currently propelling a number of clinical trials in the U.S. and Europe. Miller will maintain a laboratory in Ross Hall, where he will continue research into multiple aspects of neurological diseases including autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and spinal cord injuries.

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