Health Science Center honors Richardson as top scholar
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 21, 2009) — Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., director of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, received the 2010 Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award Jan. 21 from Health Science Center President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP.
Fifteen other Health Science Center faculty and staff members who exemplify exceptional leadership in their fields were also honored at the awards dinner.
“As recipients of the Presidential Awards, you represent exceptional achievement in your fields,” said President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, at the awards dinner. “Through your creativity, perseverance and leadership, you are shining examples of the dedication to excellence in all of our missions — education, research, patient care and community service.”
International honors for aging research
Dr. Richardson is a professor of cellular and structural biology and occupies the Methodist Hospital Foundation Chair in Aging Studies and Research. He is a senior career research scientist with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
“It was the leadership of Dr. Richardson that catapulted aging research at this university to the stellar international stature it has achieved,” wrote his award nominator, David Weiss, Ph.D., chairman of physiology at the Health Science Center. “One could argue that the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and its research community is one of, if not the, strongest aging institutes in the world.”
Dr. Richardson’s interest in understanding the biological processes of aging began in the 1970s and he has long been an eminent leader in the field of biogerontology. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific publishers and has won every major award in the field, including the Nathan Shock Award from the Gerontological Research Center of the U.S. National Institute on Aging.
Rapamycin studies receive top science recognition
In the summer of 2009, the Barshop Institute and two other U.S. centers published findings of a study of a compound, rapamycin, in mice. All three centers found that rapamycin extended the life span of the mice, despite the fact the animals were past middle age when the dietary intervention began. The study was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. This finding was honored by Science magazine as one of the top scientific discoveries of 2009.
Additional Presidential Award winners include:
President’s Choice Award
Teaching Excellence Award
Clinical Excellence Award
Employee Excellence in Service Award
To learn more about the award winners, view the awards ceremony program, a video tribute and group photo.
Throughout the year, inside.news on the Health Science Center portal will feature stories about the individual award winners.
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