A representative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be

visiting Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) at noon on

Thursday, April 27, to speak to students about clinical research training

and career development.

John Lynch, DO, is a senior staff fellow and clinical researcher with the

NIH’s National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke. In that role,

he is currently the co-investigator for a clinical study of stroke in

children. The NIH was established in 1887 in Maryland and is one of the

world’s foremost biomedical research centers. It also serves as the

federal focal point for biomedical research in the US, carrying out a

mission to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for


“”Dr. Lynch will be able to offer our students a personal insight into the

research career track that I think they will find invaluable,”” said George

Charney, DO, WesternU’s executive vice president of academic

affairs. “”Research is a very important aspect of health care, and we want

to ensure that our students have increased exposure to it.””

Dr. Lynch said he plans to share with the students information on careers

in clinical research and also let them know why clinical researchers are

in demand.

“”I hope that by educating students on how to get started and where to get

training, they will feel empowered to pursue a career in clinical

research,”” Dr. Lynch said.

Dr. Lynch earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwest Missouri

State University in 1985, graduated magna cum laude from University of

Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri with his

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1992, and received a master’s in

public health from Yale University in 1998. He has been invited to lecture

at several universities and conferences, and was honored with the

Outstanding Teacher Award by Northwestern University Medical School in