|New NIEHS Associate Director to Integrate Environmental Health
Research with Advances in Patient Care
William J. Martin II, M.D., Named To Head Office of Translational Biomedicine
William J. Martin II, M.D. will join the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, as Associate Director
for Translational Biomedicine beginning March 6th. Translational Biomedicine
focuses on moving research results from the NIEHS portfolio into clinical practice.
Dr. Martin will work to ensure that the Institute’s research is more rapidly
integrated into advances in patient care. He will develop new clinical research
programs, as well as interdisciplinary training initiatives to extend the influence
of environmental health sciences into the clinical arena. He will also serve
as liaison between NIEHS and its partners, including academia, professional societies,
and other NIH institutes as NIEHS continues to foster and cultivate new relationships
| William J. Martin II, M.D.
Establishing the Office of Translational Biomedicine is in line with the NIEHS
mission to understand how the environment influences human health and disease,
according to the NIEHS Director, David A. Schwartz, M.D.
"As a physician-scientist who has worked in both the research
and clinical arenas, Dr. Martin is uniquely qualified to help bridge
the gap between research and patient care," said Dr. Schwartz. “He
shares my vision that environmental health science can provide
unique approaches to understanding diseases that affect people
around the world. I am thrilled that he has agreed to join the
leadership team at NIEHS. He brings a wealth of professional and
practical experience, and also a vibrant creativity to this new
Dr. Martin served as the Dean of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
and is a past president of the American Thoracic Society. He also served as the
Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Indiana University for twelve years
before becoming the Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University’s
School of Medicine.
Recently, Dr. Martin worked as a volunteer physician aboard the US Navy Hospital
Ship, the USNS Comfort as part of Project Hope during the Hurricane Katrina relief
efforts. In this capacity, Dr. Martin helped establish clinics and provide medical
services in devastated areas of Mississippi and saw first hand the impact that
natural disasters can have on a population.
"I plan to approach my new position at NIEHS with the same sense of commitment
and urgency I felt while working with the Katrina relief efforts," Said Dr. Martin. "There
is such a sense of excitement in the environmental sciences community right now
about the new initiatives that NIEHS is undertaking, and I want to be part of
that. I am very excited about the new office and the opportunity to work with
the in-house and grant-supported researchers as we work together to develop new
approaches to clinical research."
Some of the new interdisciplinary initiatives that Dr. Martin will help oversee
include the Institute’s new Disease Investigation for Specialized Clinically
Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER) program http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-06-001.html.
DISCOVER is a new program designed to support teams of researchers focused on
integrating environmental health research with patient-oriented and population-based
"Developing a more integrated program in environmental research, where we have
more researchers trained and involved in this field, will allow us to more rapidly
disseminate and translate research findings so they can improve the health of
the patient," Dr. Martin said.
Dr. Martin received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1974, and completed
his pulmonary and critical care training at Mayo Clinic in1979. Following completion
of his research training in the Pulmonary Branch at the National Heart, Lung
and Blood Institute, he joined the staff of Mayo Clinic as a clinician-investigator
in 1981. While on faculty at Indiana University, Dr. Martin served as a Health
Policy Fellow, United States Senate, Labor and Human Resources Committee in 1995.
He has authored more than 130 research and clinical papers, and has been an
NIH-funded scientist for the past 24 years. Dr. Martin has been an invited speaker
for nearly 200 events, including testifying before the World Health Organization
and U.S. Congress. Dr. Martin has received numerous awards including the Sagamore
of the Wabash, the highest award presented to a citizen of Indiana by the Governor
NIEHS, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports research
to understand the effects of the environment on human health. For more information
on environmental health topics, please visit our website at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/home.htm.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research
Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of
the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary Federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.