David Russell is named winner of the Avanti Award in Lipids

RusselThe 2010 Avanti Award in Lipids goes to David Russell, Eugene McDermott distinguished chair of molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

“(Russell) has employed imaginative genetic analysis to knock out the individual genes involved and determine the precise role of each enzyme in cholesterol degradation. He has placed a special emphasis on the regulatory aspects and in the process has identified the precise enzymes responsible for several genetically linked diseases. His basic biochemical and genetic research has contributed significantly to the development of treatments for a number of diseases of cholesterol metabolism,” explained Edward A. Dennis, distinguished professor of chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, in his nomination letter.

“There is no question that David Russell is the world leader in elucidating these important metabolic steps and enzyme roles.”

Russell, who has served the ASBMB as an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and a member of the editorial board for ASBMB’s Journal of Lipid Research, has been recognized for his achievements in lipid metabolism by the American Heart Association Louis N. Katz Award, the Texas Instruments Kirby Science Place Award, the Endocrine Society Ernst Oppenheimer Award and the Falk Foundation Adolph Windaus Prize.

“Most significantly,” Dennis said, “his recent election to the National Academy of Sciences attests to the overall esteem that his colleagues have for him both in the lipid area, but also in the broader aspects of biochemistry.”

The Avanti Award in Lipids recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids and consists of a plaque, a $3,000 cash prize and transportation and expenses to present a lecture at the 2010 ASBMB Annual Meeting.



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