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Suzanne Murphy Elected to Institute of Medicine

Posted on | October 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Suzanne P. Murphy was elected to active membership of the Institute of Medicine, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine. Murphy, who has a PhD in nutrition and is a registered dietician, is a professor and director of the Nutrition Support Shared Resource at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi.

Murphy is internationally regarded for her nutritional research with a focus on evaluating dietary intakes. She has served on numerous boards dedicated to setting national food and nutrition policies, and is currently chairing an IOM committee to review the food assistance programs for child and adult day-care centers.

“Many of my most satisfying accomplishments have been achieved through my work with the Food and Nutrition Board of the IOM,” says Murphy. “Several committees that I have chaired have addressed major public health issues, including one that led to new federal regulations to improve the WIC food assistance program that serves almost seven million low-income women, infants, and children. The possibility of improving the nutrition and health of so many people is one of the best rewards of my career.”

“This prestigious honor reflects highly on both Dr. Murphy and the quality of the UH Mānoa cancer center,” says Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. “Outstanding, world-class researchers like her are crucial to building our cancer center into a world-class institution that leads the search for new ways to combat cancer.”

President MRC Greenwood, also an IOM member says, “It would be hard to find someone as deserving of this honor as Dr. Murphy. She has made numerous and significant contributions to the field of nutrition, and her election is the highest proof that scientists can have of peer esteem.”

For more read the news release and her dietary advice in Mālamalama.