Miller Named Director of Texas A&M Institute for Pre-Clinical Studies
June 13, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. Matt Miller, Professor in the
department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and veterinary
cardiologist at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been appointed Director of the Texas
A&M Institute for Pre-Clinical Studies (TIPS).
Established in 2007 as a vision of Dr. Theresa Fossum, Vice
Chancellor for Global & Corporate Partnerships and the
Institute's first director, the Institute serves as a
state-of-the-art research facility supporting research endeavors
that require Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) methods.
"TIPS is a unique resource on this campus," said Miller. "There
is most likely not another comparable facility in the world. Our
medical imaging capabilities are superior to the imaging available
in many human hospitals. The availability of such an assortment of
imaging equipment in one facility, as well as access to highly
talented individuals trained in optimal use of that equipment, is
oftentimes the difference between the success or failure of the
potentially life-saving medical technology under
Miller arrived at the CVM in 1988 after completing a cardiology
residency at The Ohio State University. Once at Texas A&M,
Miller helped develop the clinical cardiology program that today is
considered one of the top programs in the world. While his early
research emphasized improving the diagnosis and treatment of
acquired and congenital heart disease in companion animals, his
research interests now range from developing novel therapies for
hemorrhagic shock to the evaluation of biomedical devices that aid
in the management of brain aneurysms.
"Dr. Miller's leadership in the college's clinical cardiology
program and his experience as a senior research scientist in TIPS
made him a natural choice to assume the role of director at TIPS,"
said Dr. Eleanor Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine.
"Dr. Miller worked side-by-side with Dr. Fossum to bring TIPS from
vision to reality. His research expertise in comparative veterinary
medicine and biomedical devices will ensure the continued growth of
TIPS as a core laboratory supporting researchers from across the
Texas A&M System and companies seeking treatments for the
nation's important health problems. I am confident he will lead
TIPS from a young, promising, innovative facility to enormous
As a part of the CVM, the TIPS team specializes in the
preclinical phase of research required to gain Food & Drug
Administration approval for both drugs and devices. "The team
assembled at TIPS has a wealth of expertise in research," said Dr.
Bhanu Chowdhary, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
at the CVM, "including a significant amount of experience in the
research protocols necessary to move new drugs and biomedical
devices from the laboratory to the next stage of clinical trials.
It is exciting to have this level of cutting edge technology and
world-class expertise combined in one facility, and to see the
growing interest of college, university, System partners and the
industry in accessing this resource to enhance research and support
discovery that impacts society."
In addition to supporting researchers with experienced
scientists and the tools necessary to conduct GLP-level studies,
working as a part of the CVM gives the TIPS program several
advantages over other similar facilities.
"It is an asset to be a part of the CVM," said Miller. "The
veterinarians, technicians, and scientists on staff at TIPS and
within other departments in the college bring a perspective on
comparative anatomy and physiology essential to the success of
preclinical research. We have a dynamic team supported by the
latest medical imaging technology and are eager to assist other
researchers who may benefit by utilizing our facility as a
collaborative core laboratory for their endeavors."
Most recently, Miller served as Interim Director of TIPS, while
Fossum assumed the role of Interim Vice President for Research
before being appointed Vice Chancellor for Global & Corporate
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Angela G. Clendenin
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