The Moritz family, founders of Moritz Dealerships in automotive sales, has long been committed to improving health outcomes. To advance research in elder care, the family in 2011 established the Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing Research in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Renowned nursing researcher Mark Haykowsky has joined UTA as the inaugural Moritz Chair. An internationally recognized expert in exercise physiology and rehabilitation medicine, he most recently was a physical therapy professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
“We are pleased to see that our support has brought Dr. Haykowsky to UTA,” says John David Moritz, president of Moritz Dealerships. “We know his work will elevate opportunities for students and will continue to have a lasting impact on society.”
Haykowsky served as exercise physiology team lead for Alberta Heart, funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, and the Multidisciplinary Team Intervention in Cardio-oncology, funded by the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Dean Anne Bavier believes Haykowsky will inspire students to see themselves as scientists and scholars.
“His focus on early predictors of heart failure brings significant science to this major killer of older women,” Dr. Bavier says.
Haykowsky’s appointment is supported in part by The University of Texas System Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention, or STARS, program. The initiative provides start-up funding needed to attract scholars with exceptional records of research, teaching, and creative activity.