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Institute of Medicine elects 2 from MIT

Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Peter Szolovits, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Bizzi and Szolovits are among 64 new members of the Washington, D.C.-based institute, which made the announcement on Oct. 24. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is one of the four national academies, along with the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Bizzi, a principal investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, focuses his research on how the central nervous system translates brain messages signaling motor intent into muscle activation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is currently serving as secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Szolovits' research centers on the application of artificial intelligence methods to problems of medical decision-making and design of information systems for health-care institutions and patients. He is a professor of health sciences and technology in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences and health.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 26, 2005 (download PDF).

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