CVM Alumnus Named
to Institute of Medicine
A noted virologist, cancer researcher and veterinarian has been named to the prestigious national Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors awarded to scientists in the biomedical fields. Michael Lairmore, a 1981 graduate of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, was named a member of the IOM during ceremonies held in Washington, D.C. Lairmore is the associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University.
Lairmore, a key researcher in Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, joined the university in 1990 after heading the Human T-lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) Reference Laboratory at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. While there, he focused on the linkages between human T-cell leukemia viruses and specific diseases, including some forms of cancer.
His research has focused on the biology of human retroviruses, including the roles some viruses play in the onset of certain types of cancer. He developed one of the first animal models for AIDS-associated pediatric pneumonia, facilitating studies aimed at treating that serious ailment.
His research has received nearly continuous support from the National Institutes of Health, totaling nearly $30 million during his career. He has published more than 170 scientific papers, many in some of the country’s most prestigious research journals.
"I am very honored and humbled to be elected to the Institute of Medicine,” Lairmore said. “My accomplishments in science and medicine were supported by outstanding mentors in my past, colleagues and friends, and students who I have enjoyed teaching.”
Lairmore has served as principal advisor and mentor to more than 25 doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers during his career.
“As the first person in my family to attend college, I am particularly moved knowing how lucky I am to have contributed in some small way to the biomedical research. I also realize that I would have not been in this position without the love and support of my family."
Lairmore was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004 and is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Virology, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, International Retrovirology Society, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society of Microbiology.
Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM.
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