NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine today announced the addition of a new board of directors member, Georgeanna Jones Klingensmith, MD, daughter of founders Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones. Dr. Klingensmith is Chief of Pediatric Clinics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado's Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. She is a pediatric endocrinologist who has extensive experience in clinical diabetes directed research.
"With the addition of Dr. Klingensmith we continue to strengthen our board and our determination to provide resources to the scientific community to support innovative, high-quality research in the field of reproductive medicine," said Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of the Board. According to Mr. Milstein, the Foundation leadership remains committed to bridging the gap between medical research and clinical practice by engaging those individuals that will promote academic and clinical excellence.
Dr. Klingensmith joins her brothers Dr. Howard Jones, III and Lawrence Jones on the board of their parents' foundation. Their father, Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., who was known as the father of in vitro fertilization in the United States, passed away in July of this year at the age of 104. Dr. Jones and his late wife, Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones, are credited with helping to pave the way for the more than 5 million births that have stemmed from in vitro fertilization around the world. They pioneered in vitro fertilization at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and in December 1981 Elizabeth Carr, America's first IVF baby, was born.
Dr. Klingensmith, who attended Mt. Holyoke College and Duke University School of Medicine, followed in her mother's footsteps and became an endocrinologist. She is both a leading researcher and mentor in her field and was awarded the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician-Clinician Award in Diabetes in 2012 among others throughout her career.
Dr. Klingensmith has been a supporter of all of the work done by her parents through the Jones Institute since 1998. Her addition to the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine board pays wonderful tribute to her beloved parents.
ABOUT HOWARD AND GEORGEANNA JONES FOUNDATION
Founded in 1985, the Jones Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solicits funds from the general public to support scientific and medical research in the field of reproductive medicine. In addition to providing research grants to deserving scientific investigators, the Foundation's Board of Directors is prepared to serve in an advisory capacity to the agencies it supports. The Foundation may also sponsor seminars, which would be designed to evaluate public policy issues related to reproductive medicine in order to educate the general public and attempt to improve the human condition.
For more information, visit www.jonesfound.org.
SOURCE Jones Foundation