Anders receives prestigious Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism

February 16, 1999

Marion W. Anders, D.V.M., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and the Lewis Pratt Ross Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been awarded the 1999 Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The award will be presented to Anders on April 18 in Washington, D.C., during the Experimental Biology ’99 annual meeting. Anders will deliver his lecture, titled "Glutathione-dependent Bioactivation: Detoxication Mechanisms Gone Wrong (But in an Interesting Way)."

The prestigious award, given every other year since 1978 by SmithKline Beecham Corp., recognizes distinguished original research contributions in drug metabolism and disposition, particularly those having an impact on future research.

Anders’ most significant contribution has been the explanation of the mechanisms by which halogenated chemicals produce cell damage and death. This research is important in assessing the risks to human health associated with exposure to chemicals in the environment. His work has been supported by more than $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and from corporations.

"I am honored to be named the recipient of the 1999 Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism," Anders said. "It is particularly rewarding to be recognized by your peers for your work. Much of the credit for our successes is due to the creativity and dedication of the outstanding students who have worked in my laboratory. Also, the University of Rochester Medical Center has provided a supportive research environment, and I thank those who make that possible."

Anders joined the University of Rochester Medical Center faculty in 1982. He has served as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, and as a professor in the departments of Pharmacology, Anesthesiology and Environmental Medicine. He has been actively engaged in research on chemical metabolism and toxicology for more than 30 years, has published about 180 peer-reviewed research articles in major journals, is the author and co-author of more than 60 review articles and book chapters, and has edited or co-edited four volumes on drug and chemical metabolism. Also, about 40 pre- and postdoctoral students have trained in his laboratory.

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