Bill Talman, MD named as President of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology

University of Iowa physician William T. Talman, MD assumed office as the 95th President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on July 1st. Talman is a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Iowa and practices at the University Hospital and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital where he is the Chief of the Neurology Service. He will serve for one year as the leader of the 23 member society federation comprising more than 100,000 scientists and engineers.

“The opportunities for continued progress have never been greater, but those opportunities depend on adequate resources,” Talman stated. “In 2009, supplemental appropriations from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) restored purchasing power at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provided a timely investment in biomedical research across the nation. However, if we return to pre-ARRA funding levels in fiscal year 2011, we will have to curtail many promising research studies.” As President, Talman will lead FASEB’s advocacy efforts to encourage Congress and the Obama Administration to achieve the goal of sustainable funding for research.

During his first week as FASEB President, Dr. Talman traveled to Washington to meet with science policy reporters and discuss advocacy for biomedical research and the use of animals in research with the leaders of several national organizations. He also spoke with staff from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to offer FASEB’s support for the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand the federal investment in research and innovation.

A graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, Talman’s research focuses on the brain’s control of the cardiovascular system, and his clinical specialty is autonomic dysfunction, for which he has been recognized by Best Doctors in America for the past eight years. Dr. Talman is the Past President of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience and prior chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Physiological Society. He serves as the Associate Editor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology and has been a reviewer for NIH Study Sections, VA Merit Review Boards, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association.

FASEB also welcomed Joseph C. LaManna, Ph.D., as President-Elect and Fred D. Finkelman, M.D., as the new Treasurer of the federation. Dr. LaManna is a Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Neurology and Neuroscience at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and he has been a cerebrovascular researcher for more than 30 years. Dr. Finkelman received his M.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

FASEB. (2010). FASEB Welcomes New President, William T. Talman, MD. FASEB Washington Update. Retrieved July 9, 2010 from