Congress Recognizes Dr. Heaney for Pioneering Work on Vitamin D
For more than 50 years, the founder of Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center and former holder of the John A. Creighton University Professorship has studied and illuminated the vital role of vitamin D — the “sunshine vitamin” — in health and disease. His work has garnered much recognition over the years, but he received an unprecedented honor last fall.
Robert Heaney, BS’47, MD’51, was recognized on the floor of the U.S. Congress for his groundbreaking work in vitamin D science, osteoporosis, preventive health and nutrition policy. Rep. Brad Ashford, JD’74, of Nebraska stood before the House of Representatives to commend Heaney for helping lawmakers understand the critical importance of good nutrition for a healthy society. “His accomplishments speak to his perseverance and commitment to innovation in his field,” Ashford said.