Laura E. Halpin, Student Trustee (2015)
Dr. Laura Halpin was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013. She serves as a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee and the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
Dr. Halpin is currently a seventh year student in the MD/PhD program. She graduated summa cum laude from The University of Toledo with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry, receiving both departmental and college honors, and the Dean's Medal for the outstanding graduate in Biological Sciences in 2008. Dr. Halpin completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders in 2013. The focus of Dr. Halpin's dissertation project was understanding how the peripheral organ damage produced by methamphetamine contributes to the long-term neurotoxicity of the drug.
In addition to her research, Dr. Halpin has held numerous leadership positions at The University of Toledo. As an undergraduate, she was a member of numerous organizations including Student Government, Blue Key Honor Society, WXUT, and she worked as a Tour Guide for the Office of Admissions. Dr. Halpin also participated in the Department of Biological Sciences exchange program with University of Salford, located in Salford, England. As a medical and graduate student she is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and has served as a member of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Student Conduct and Ethics Committee, as well as the Student Health and Wellness Center Advisory Board. She has also attended and organized numerous interprofessional medical mission trips to Nicaragua, and developed programming to address the stigma associated with mental illness in medical students and other medical professionals.
Outside of The University of Toledo, Dr. Halpin is also involved with the American Medical Association. Currently, she is a Regional Delegate to the AMA's House of Delegates for the Medical Student Section. She has also served as the medical student member of the organization's Council on Science and Public Health, as well as Chair of Region 5 of the Medical Student Section and the Committee on Scientific Issues.
As a member of the Board, Dr. Halpin looks forward to representing her fellow students and learning as much as possible to prepare her for a career in Academic General Surgery.