Clark receives Health Science Center’s highest award
Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 · Volume: XLIV · Issue: 5
Contact: Will Sansom
|Robert A. Clark, M.D., addresses the audience after receiving the Presidential Distinguished Research Scholar award from President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP (in the background).|
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SAN ANTONIO (March 1, 2011) — Robert A. Clark, M.D., assistant vice president for research at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, has been named the Presidential Distinguished Research Scholar for 2011 — the Health Science Center’s highest award.
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, recognized Dr. Clark and other award winners. “Dr. Clark is an exceptional physician-scientist, scholar and educator with a truly extraordinary record of academic leadership and productivity,” Dr. Henrich said.
Dr. Clark, also a professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Medicine, runs a long-term, federally funded research program that focuses on the role of inflammation and oxygen in aging and degenerative and infectious diseases. He also serves in the pivotal role as director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science, which is the home of the Health Science Center’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).
The goal of the CTSAs, which are multiyear awards made by the National Institutes of Health, is to translate innovative scientific discoveries into health benefits to communities.
“Dr. Clark is an advocate for translational research, which bridges the divide between the laboratory bench and the patient bedside so that basic science discoveries will benefit patients more quickly,” Dr. Henrich said.
|President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP,(second row, left) congratulates the 2011 Presidential Award recipients. (Click on photo to see larger view.)|
Through the work of Dr. Clark and his colleagues, the scientific community has gained a better understanding of reactive oxygen species. These chemically reactive molecules play important roles in the cells of living creatures, but high levels can cause cellular damage.
Dr. Clark also has made substantial contributions in the area of calcium signaling, which affects everything from heart function to muscle contractions.
“I am deeply honored and privileged to have been selected for this award,” Dr. Clark said. “I know that I owe whatever success I have achieved to my talented and devoted colleagues and staff.”Additional Presidential Awards honoreesPresidential Junior Research Scholar
President’s Choice Award
- Carlos J. Orihuela, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Presidential Teaching Excellence Awards
- Patti M. Lairsey, academic coordinator, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and chair of the Gifts for Children project
Presidential Clinical Excellence Awards
- Lyda C. Arévalo-Flechas, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, clinical assistant professor, the John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow and the William F. Castella Professor in Aging Research, Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management
- Daniel Dumitru, M.D., Ph.D., professor and deputy chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
- Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology
- Erica R. Oliveira, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
- Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Ph.D., OTR, assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
- Rajeev Suri, M.D., associate clinical professor, Department of Radiology
Presidential Employee Excellence in Service
- Glen Medellin, M.D., FAAP, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Greehey Distinguished Chair in Palliative Care for Children, director of medical student education and associate clinical professor, Department of Pediatrics
- Frank R. Miller, M.D., FACS, professor and deputy chair, director of head and neck surgery, Department of Otolaryngology
- Charles Akos Szbado, M.D., clinical professor, Department of Neurology
- Brian Beck, CPC, patient financial services/revenue cycle coder, Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)
- Gregg Beck, application system programmer/system analyst, CTRC Information Technology
- Patsy G. Bortoni, project coordinator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, South Texas Environmental Educational and Research, Regional Academic Health Center, Harlingen
- Kevin W. Hakala, M.S., senior research associate, Department of Biochemistry
- Valerie E. Hutchison, grants and contracts specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs
Articles about the individual award winners will be featured throughout the year in inside.news
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