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May 2015

May 2015 Newsletter

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Celebrating Mother's Day with the First Lady of West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mae L. Blake

Dr. Eva McGhee (center) is pictured with Barbara Kelly (left) and her mother, Ava Hill, who is 99 years of age.  She said "I was born Jan 27, 1916.  I'm almost there!"  (Almost 100 she means.)

 Two members of CDU faculty proudly supported the work of West Angeles Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) by purchasing a table at the First Lady's Mother's Day Saturday event.  Dr. Eva McGhee, faculty member in the CDU College of Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine and the Division of Cancer Research and Training along with Dr. Shirley Evers Manly, Associate Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, supported "A Day in May with Lady Mae", at the Westin, Los Angeles Airport  May 9th. 

Lady Mae L. Blake is the First Lady of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, Bishop Charles Blake, Pastor. She delivered an outstanding keynote titled Aging Gracefully which teaches women how to prepare for their latter years giving insight and challenges of growing older. 

The Mistress of Ceremonies was Judge Mablean Ephram.

All participants received an excellent softcover book compiled by Lady Blake titled Aging Gracefully with information on how to :  

  • Protect your pocketbook
  • Stay in Touch with Crisis Situations
  • Stay Connected: Technology Options
  • Manage your medicines
  • Talking about End of Life Issues

Dr. McGhee said, “All of this wonderful advice Lady Mae shared will definitely help as we age gracefully.   It will cut down on some of the day-to-day stresses which may contribute to complex diseases such as cancer, depression, and cardiovascular diseases.”



 (Left photo): Perilla Johnson-Woodard, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Darlene Jones, CDU Head Librarian

(Right photo): From left, Sylvia Jones, Clinical Coordinator, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) who also works with the Bridges Grant for CDU PhDs who study at UCLA; Dr. Ebere Ume, Assistant Professor/Program Director – ELM Nursing and Associate Dean Dr. Shirley Evers Manly both of MMDSON.



The last photo is of the Table's tent card showing the support of the University for acommunity intitution which has been very supportive of CDU!

Dr. Jay Vadgama Appointed Vice President, Research and Health Affairs, President Announces

Dear CDU Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Jaydutt “Jay” Vadgama, has been appointed Vice President for Research and Health Affairs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Dr. Vadgama has been serving as Interim Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs at CDU since December 2012, and prior to that as Associate Vice President for Research and Health Affairs. He is a Full Professor of Medicine at CDU and at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Vadgama has provided significant leadership in growth and sustaining research at CDU over the last two decades. Dr. Vadgama has several additional administrative responsibilities that include Chair of the Institutional Space Committee, Chair of the PhD Planning Committee, established the Intellectual Property/Patent Committee at CDU, Institutional Official for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (IACUC), and has chaired several Task Force committees.

Dr. Vadgama is the Chief of the Division of Cancer Research and Training; Director for Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities; and Director of Molecular Oncology Program in the Department of Internal Medicine at CDU. He holds an Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, and is the Director of the Cancer Cluster at CDU.  He is a Principal Investigator of two of the largest center grants at CDU (AXIS, Accelerating Excellence in Translational Sciences; and CDU-UCLA Cancer Center Partnership). He is also PI and Co-Investigator on several other projects. His academic career is in the area of Health Disparities and in particular Oncology, basic, clinical and translational areas.

In 1992/3, Dr. Vadgama was recruited to CDU as Director of Laboratory Research and Development to develop research infrastructure in Biomedical Sciences that supported minority and underserved undergraduate students, graduate students, medical residents, clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.  He has an impressive list of major accomplishments, including mentoring nearly 120 postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents, graduate or medical students, undergraduate students, and high school students. In addition, his training programs have been funded from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2004. Dr. Vadgama has extensive experience working with minority and underserved communities in South Los Angeles and neighboring communities. States Dr. Vadgama, “It continues to be an honor and privilege to be able to make differences in the day to day lives of our students, faculty, staff, and community partners”.

Dr. Vadgama has over 30 years of direct experience in Academia and Research. In his new role, he will continue to provide significant support and leadership to students, faculty, Academic Senate, Division Chiefs, Department Chairs, and University administration on matters relevant to research and academic processes. He will continue to work to strengthen clinical, basic, and translational research/programs and integrate them with academic programs across CDU and develop strong partnerships with UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and other institutions.

As Vice President for Research and Health Affairs, Dr. Vadgama will report to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost.  

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vadgama, our new Vice President for Research and Health Affairs.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD

President and CEO


Vagama Bio – http://www.cdrewu.edu/assets/research/files/Jay%20Vadgama%20Short%20Bio%205-2-15.pdf

Vadgama CV - http://www.cdrewu.edu/assets/research/files/JVadgamaCV%20Updated%205-15-2015.pdf



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