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Biotech Vice President to Deliver 2010 Van Greene Lecture
at Mercer’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

March 16, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ATLANTA – Dr. H. Robert Superko will deliver the 2010 G. Van Greene Distinguished Lecture of Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 11 a.m. on Thursday in Day Hall on the University’s Atlanta campus. He is vice president and chief of medical affairs for Celera Corp., a biotech company focused on genetically tailored treatments, as well as an adjunct clinical professor at the College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Superko will speak on “Clinical Utility of Cardiovascular Genetic Tests Today: How They Will Change the Practice of Medicine.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

In addition to his work with Celera and Mercer, Dr. Superko serves a chairman of the cardiovascular prevention committee of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. He joined Celera in 2009 as vice president and chief of medical affairs. Dr. Superko is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He has held various research and clinical positions at several institutions across the country since completing his medical fellowship at the University of California at Davis in 1980. He was also a founder of Berkeley HeartLab in 1996.

Dr. Superko sits on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals, including the Journal of Cardiovascular Risk and Preventative Cardiology. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of lipid metabolism, exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation, and he has written a number of books including Before the Heart Attacks, published in 2003. Dr. Superko currently sits on committees at the American Heart Association, the Trans Catheter Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Committee, American Heart Association Atherosclerotic Peripheral Vascular Disease Committee and the Atlanta American Heart Association Board.

Dr. Superko holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York, Stony Brook.

About the G. Van Greene Distinguished Lectureship
Named in honor of Dr. G. Van Greene, one of the College of Pharmacy and Health Science’s most loyal and staunch supporters, the G. Van Greene Distinguished Lectureship program is designed to bring world-renowned health care professionals to campus to discuss contemporary topics in pharmacy and the health sciences.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has a century-long tradition of excellence and a national reputation for producing outstanding leaders in the profession of pharmacy. Founded in 1903, the independent pharmacy school merged with Mercer University in 1959. The College offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree and Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy joint degrees, as well as the Master of Medical Science degree in its new Physician Assistant program. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Pharmacy among the top 30 in the nation and places it No. 2 among private pharmacy programs in the country.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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