Dr. Thomas Champney earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. His research investigated the role of the pineal gland and its hormone melatonin on integrative physiology. He completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware investigating Reproductive Physiology and then accepted a faculty position at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine. He spent 18 years at Texas A&M University teaching anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy to medical students while publishing over 50 research manuscripts on melatonin’s role in endocrinology, epilepsy and immune regulation. He also provided lectures on scientific ethics to graduate students and served on the Texas A&M University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
In 2003, Dr. Champney moved to St. George’s University in Grenada where he taught first year medical students histology and created a scientific ethics course that was required for all biomedical graduate students. In addition, he reviewed grants for the Office of Research Integrity that funded projects in research ethics and collaborated with investigators on objectives for research ethics courses. In 2008, he spent one year in Zurich, Switzerland, and attended seminars at the Biomedical Ethics program at the University of Zurich.
Dr. Champney accepted a faculty position at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in 2009 to teach first year medical students gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy. He also joined the University’s Ethics Program (now the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy) and has helped teach the Responsible Conduct of Research course along with co-coordinating a graduate level Research Ethics course. He publishes commentaries on the ethical use of human tissues, notably the use of willed bodies, and is a member of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) Medical Humanities and Ethics group. He has also written a module for the online ethics education program (CITI) on conflicts of commitment and conscience. He recently published a neuroanatomy textbook (Essential Clinical Neuroanatomy, Wiley Blackwell, 2016).