Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Four to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the reappointment of four members to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council. The council, which advises the state on biomedical research initiatives and funding, will continue to benefit from the expertise of Stephen Black, Nicole de Lara Puente, Dr. Shaye Moskowitz, and Dr. Akram Shibani.

Stephen Black, PhD, hailing from Port St. Lucie, is a highly accomplished individual in the field of biomedical research. He currently serves as the Chair of Florida International University's Department of Cellular Biology & Pharmacology and is also an Associate Dean for Research at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. With a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a doctorate in molecular pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh, Black brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as Director of Florida International University's Center for Translational Science.

Nicole de Lara Puente, based in Miami, is another valuable member being reappointed to the council. As Chief Executive Officer of the Live Like Bella Foundation, she has been recognized as Businesswoman of the Year by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and is an inductee into Florida International University's Alumni Hall of Fame. De Lara Puente holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Florida International University.

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Dr. Shaye Moskowitz brings his expertise in neuroscience to the council as a Medical Director at Broward Health in Lighthouse Point. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has previously served on the Colorado Stroke Advisory Board. Dr. Moskowitz holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Yeshiva University and earned his Doctor of Medicine and doctorate in neurobiology and neurosciences from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

Lastly, Dr. Akram Shibani joins his fellow members as a Physician at Ascension Medical Group in Ponte Vedra Beach. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and is board certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Shibani received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tripoli and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

The reappointment of these four individuals to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council highlights Governor DeSantis' commitment to promoting and supporting biomedical research in Florida. With their diverse backgrounds and expertise, Black, de Lara Puente, Dr. Moskowitz, and Dr. Shibani will continue to play a crucial role in advancing the state's biomedical research initiatives.

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