Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., to help advance health sciences research at U-M

December 15, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., and Geoffrey Thün have joined the Office of the Vice President for Research and will play lead roles in advancing research and scholarship around the health sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Prosser was appointed associate vice president for research – health sciences, and Thün was named associate vice president for research – social sciences, humanities and arts. Their three-year appointments were approved Sept. 23 by the board of regents and are now in effect.

“Professors Prosser and Thün bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our team, and throughout their careers, they have truly embodied the university’s vision for serving the world through research and scholarship,” said Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research and the William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

“Their collaborative approach and distinguished history of service and leadership across the university research enterprise will build upon our tremendous strengths in the health sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts.”

In her new role, Prosser, the Marilyn Fisher Blanch Research Professor of Pediatrics, will partner with schools, colleges, institutes and centers to expand and strengthen activity within the health sciences, while fostering collaboration across other disciplines. She also will lead new research initiatives and work closely with OVPR units and programs, including the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.

Prosser, who also is a professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, directs the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, one of the largest health services research centers that focuses on children, and she most recently served as the assistant dean for research faculty at the U-M Medical School.

“The University of Michigan is extraordinary in its long history and tradition of collaborating across disciplines,” Prosser said. “I am excited to have the privilege to join OVPR and look forward to working together across campus to identify new opportunities to support and enhance our leading health sciences research.

“With a focus on collaboration and partnership within our outstanding research community, it is possible to make our leading research even more innovative, collaborative and inclusive.”

A lasting legacy

Prosser’s efforts at Michigan Medicine have resulted in long-lasting programs and initiatives that will benefit researchers for years to come, including the Seminar Series for Research Faculty, moderated by Drs. S. Galban, J. Xu and H. Choi, a forum to disseminate scientific findings, facilitate networking and provide resources for research track faculty.

Prosser also led the establishment of peer mentoring groups, where colleagues get together to share experiences, advice and best practices while benefitting from dedicated mentors assigned to the teams.

According to those who have benefited from her mentoring, Prosser’s longest-lasting legacy will be the success of the team members she has helped nurture and mentor over the years.