Clinical Research Dean Named

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C. William Balke

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“We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Balke’s caliber join us at the UK College of Medicine. Not only is he an excellent researcher, but he possesses the experience and leadership qualities needed to guide UK’s growing clinical research enterprise.”

-- Jay A. Perman,
dean,
College of Medicine,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2004) -- Dr. C. William Balke has been named University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s senior associate dean for clinical research. The appointment, pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was made by UK College of Medicine Dean Dr. Jay A. Perman.

In this newly created position, Balke will lead clinical research efforts by collaborating with deans and research deans in all six colleges of the UK Chandler Medical Center.

“We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Balke’s caliber join us at the UK College of Medicine,” Perman said. “Not only is he an excellent researcher, but he possesses the experience and leadership qualities needed to guide UK’s growing clinical research enterprise.”

Balke’s research interests include

  • the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in contraction and relaxation of normal heart muscle and in hypertrophied and failing hearts;
  • cellular mechanisms responsible for hypertension; and
  • the biophysical properties and physiological functions of a newly described ion channel in cardiac muscle.

In addition to his work in the lab, Balke sits on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) emphasis panels. He holds positions as associate editor and board member for multiple scientific journals. Balke has been extensively published and has received several honors and awards from the NIH, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians.

Balke comes to UK from the University of Maryland Medical System where he was a professor of medicine, professor of physiology, associate chairman for research in the department of medicine, and head of the division of cardiology. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed residencies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., as well as fellowships at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass.; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Balke officially joined the UK faculty Nov. 1, 2004, and will begin working full-time on campus Jan. 1, 2005.


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