New Director Of Clinical Research, Assistant Provost Named At Boston University School Of Medicine

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(Boston, Mass.) — Newton resident Thomas J. Moore, MD, began work early in January as director of the Office of Clinical Research and Assistant Provost for Research at Boston University School of Medicine. An authority on nutritional aspects of hypertension, Moore brings wide experience from the private sector, having been Executive Medical Director for Merck and Co., in the Northeast.

Moore plans to foster collaborative clinical research efforts involving teams of investigators from Boston University’s Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dental Medicine. He also plans to include the neighborhood health centers in more research studies. “There are many wonderful clinical researchers on the medical campus,” he said. “The next logical step is more collaboration, bringing a mix of different skills and viewpoints together to answer a research question. I want the OCR to catalyze that kind of collaboration.”

Moore earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1971, and after an internship at the Dartmouth Affiliated Hospitals in New Hampshire, returned to the University of Cincinnati to complete a residency in medicine. He then joined Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School as a research fellow. There, he rose to the rank of Physician at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School before leaving in 1995 to join Merck and Co. As the primary medical and scientific liaison officer for Merck in the Northeast, Moore identified investigators for Merck research programs, served as clinical expert in disease management collaborations, and provided the clinical viewpoint and advice to Merck’s sales and marketing teams.

During his previous academic career, Moore won a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. He was the chairman of the “DASH” trial, a multi-center, NIH-sponsored study that showed that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods could substantially lower blood pressure. He has served as project leader of a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant in Hypertension, a program project grant on Aging, and studies of nutritional approaches to prevent hypertension.