Mass. Eye and Ear Welcomes Alan K. Long, Ph.D., as Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs

April 14, 2011

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alan 20longweb4Boston – (April 14, 2011) – Alan K. Long, Ph.D., a resident of Bedford, Mass., has joined the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs. In fiscal year 2010, Mass. Eye and Ear’s research administration department received 60 grant awards totaling $36 million. Dr. Long will oversee research administration staff, all sponsored research activity, research information technology, audio-visual services, and the libraries at Mass. Eye and Ear, and will act as a liaison with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Long comes to Mass. Eye and Ear after 36 years at Harvard University, where he was most recently the Assistant Dean for Research Finances and Systems for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His duties in that position included post-award research administration, cost analysis, and policy development, all which will be vital in his new role at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Before his role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Long was the Laboratory Director for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard.

Dr. Long graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He was the valedictorian of his class in chemistry. He then attended Harvard, where he received his doctorate in organic chemistry.

“Dr. Long will be instrumental in supporting and advancing all research and teaching enterprises at Mass. Eye and Ear, including research funding and compliance, clinical trial agreements, intellectual property and research collaboration agreements, and graduate medical education,” says President and CEO of Mass. Eye and Ear, John Fernandez.

Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit