Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH, is the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the executive vice president for health affairs at Rutgers. Strom’s interests span many areas of clinical epidemiology, and his major research interest is in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, i.e., the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of drug use and effects. He is recognized as a founder of this field and for his pioneer work in using large automated databases for research.
A nationally recognized leader in clinical research training, Strom developed graduate training programs while serving as director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Perelman School of Medicine – University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as senior advisor to the provost for global health initiatives. Internationally, Strom was a key contributor to the development of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network, created in 1979 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide clinical research training to clinicians from dozens of selected developing country sites.
While at Perelman, Strom led two grants from the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center for a total of more than $2 million, which supported efforts to advance the Penn-Guatemala partnership program by incorporating clinical epidemiology in order to better address the developing country’s chronic health issues. He also developed partnerships between Penn and Peru, and oversaw the pre-existing partnership between Penn and Botswana.
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