Veterinarians elected to Nationwide Academy of Medication

Veterinarians Dr. William A. Beltran and Amy L. Vincent were elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine in October.

Dr. William A. BeltranDr. Amy L. Vincent

Election to the National Academy of Medicine is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the health and medical fields and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and dedication to the service.

Dr. Beltran has been recognized by the Academy for his translational research, which has provided the scientific community with several clinically relevant large animal models of inherited retinal degeneration. These models have been successfully used to test neuroprotective, optogenetic, and gene therapy strategies that have led to human clinical trials.

The Academy recognized Dr. Vincent for her groundbreaking research that resulted in improved vaccines and swine flu surveillance, characterization of vaccine-associated aggravated disease in a swine flu model, and characterization of the pandemic potential of swine flu viruses.

They are the only veterinarians among the 100 new members elected to the Academy during the organization’s annual meeting on October 19.

“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly extraordinary group of academics and leaders whose knowledge of science, medicine, health and policy will be vital to helping the NAM meet today’s most pressing health challenges to inform the future of health and health care for the benefit of all around the world, “said NAM President Victor J. Dzau.

Dr. Beltran, who graduated from the National Veterinary School at Alfort, France in 1994, is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Department of Experimental Retinal Therapies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The division is dedicated to providing the necessary scientific and technical support to facilitate the development, testing, and screening of new retinal therapies that can prevent blindness in humans and their animal companions.

Dr. Vincent, Iowa State ’02 is a veterinarian and senior scientist at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, part of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. She is also an Associate Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.