Dr. Ruth Heidelberger
Dr. Ruth Heidelberger

Dr. Ruth Heidelberger, professor of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program, recently was elected to a national leadership position in the Biophysical Society.

A member of the Biophysical Society for 20 years, Heidelberger has just begun to serve a three-year term as one of 12 executive council members who lead the society’s activities.

“I will be attending my second council meeting this week, where we will work on our goals and organize the scientific sessions of the 2016 meeting in Los Angeles,” Heidelberger said.

The council’s goals include working with the NIH to optimize funding policies that improve the sustainability of biomedical research; developing workable policies that support transparency, data reproducibility and open access; and working with other advocacy groups to advance and advocate for favorable funding and policies for science and research.

Heidelberger previously served five terms on the Executive Committee of the Society’s Subgroup on Exocytosis and Endocytosis and two terms on the Society’s Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women. Her research interests include elucidating the factors that regulate neurotransmitter release and neuronal communication within the vertebrate retina.

Established more than 50 years ago, the Biophysical Society has more than 9,000 members internationally.