Ran to receive Nathan Shock New Investigator Award

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007
Contact: Will Sansom
Phone: 210-567-2579
E-mail: sansom@uthscsa.edu

Qitao Ran, Ph.D., will receive the 2007 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award from the Gerontological Society of America in November.clear graphic
Qitao Ran, Ph.D., will receive the 2007 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award from the Gerontological Society of America in November. 

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Qitao Ran, Ph.D., a member of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been selected to receive the 2007 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award from the Gerontological Society of America. He is the fourth Barshop Institute member to win the honor.

Ran studies aging and Alzheimerís disease
Dr. Ran, who studies the relationship of oxidative damage and cell death in aging and Alzheimerís disease, is an assistant professor in the department of cellular and structural biology in the Health Science Centerís Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Health Science Centerís Pamela Larson, Ph.D., to present the award
Dr. Ran will be honored during the societyís 60th Annual Scientific Meeting Nov. 16-20 in San Francisco. Barshop Institute colleague Pamela Larson, Ph.D., chair-elect of the societyís biological sciences executive committee, will present the award.

Other Health Science Center award winners
Dr. Ranís scientific mentor, Olivia Smith, Ph.D., formerly of Baylor College of Medicine and now with the Barshop Institute, received the New Investigator Award 20 years ago. The presenter was Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., who today is the Barshop Institute director.

Other previous winners from the Barshop Institute have included Robert Marciniak, M.D., Ph.D., 2004, and Jan Vijg, Ph.D., now of the Buck Institute, 1994.

San Antonio Nathan Shock Center for Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
The Health Science Center is home to the San Antonio Nathan Shock Center for Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. This is one of the five Nathan Shock Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Shock, of the NIA, was a pioneer in gerontological research.

The Gerontological Society of America, membership 5,000, is the largest professional organization of professionals who study aging and difficulties of the aged.

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