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Dan M. Cooper, MD, appointed pediatrics chair

Dr. Dan M. Cooper, chair of the Department of Pediatrics

April 16, 2012 -- Dan M. Cooper, M.D., who has served as acting chair of the Department of Pediatrics since last summer, was formally appointed chair Monday by Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, Dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

Citing Cooper's "tremendous contributions to our pediatric programs and research efforts" since his arrival in 1997, Dean Clayman also noted his "strong leadership, enthusiasm and vision." He said Cooper's efforts "have sparked the formation of exciting new endeavors at UC Irvine, most notably in the realm of translational research."

Cooper is the founder and director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) and the UC Irvine Pediatric Exercise Research Center, two centers that pull together all the components of translational research.

"Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Cooper and his team, our campus was awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2010," said Clayman. "The grant supports ICTS's goal, which is to support innovation and take scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the patient."

Cooper is a professor of pediatrics and bioengineering, associate dean for clinical translational sciences at the School of Medicine and is board-certified in the subspecialty of pediatric pulmonology. He also serves as a board member of the pediatric subspecialty faculty at CHOC.

Cooper's practice and NIH-funded research have focused on identifying how exercise can best be used to prevent asthma and obesity in children and benefit children who have chronic conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, heart disease and diabetes.

In addition, Cooper has concentrated on exploring new therapies that involve both pharmacologic and lifestyle interventions to help children.

"Our Department of Pediatrics will surely continue to excel under Dr. Cooper's leadership. He is an exemplary researcher that truly embodies our Discover. Teach. Heal. mission," Clayman said.

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