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The Academy is thrilled to honor our 1998 Innovation Awardee, Scott Hultgren, with another Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award - the 2012 Fellows Award. Congratulations!

Awarded in 1998 with the Innovation Award - which recognizes a scientist or engineer under age 40 who has demonstrated exceptional potential for future accomplishments in science, engineering or technology - Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D., has more than lived up to our expectations.  He was elected to National Academy of Sciences last year for his remarkable contributions to science.  This year we are proud to present him with the Fellows Award, which recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science.

Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D., is the Helen Lehbrink Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Director of the Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The Fellows Award will be presented as part of our 18th Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner on Thursday evening at the Chase Park Plaza, where Hultgren and our other 2012 awardees will receive their awards.

The Academy Board of Trustees is proud to recognize Dr. Shapiro’s exceptional leadership with our 2012 Science Leadership Award.  Larry J. Shapiro, M.D., is Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  (For information about Larry, click here.)

Part of the Academy’s Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards, the Science Leadership Award recognizes a distinguished individual — not necessarily a scientist—or organization that has played an important leadership role in the development of science and scientists in the St. Louis region.

Dr. Shapiro will be presented with his award on Thursday, April 19, at our 18th Annual Award Dinner

On Thursday, April 19, the Director of WUSTL’s Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, Dr. Gordon will receive the Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career of service in science and medicine.  Gordon has an international reputation (Diabetes May Start in the Intestines, Research Suggests; ScienceDaily) and has been published in peer-reviewed publications hundreds of times (The Gordon Lab, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis).  Gordon is recognized for his leadership in “establishing the field of human microbiome research.”

Dr. Gordon will receive his award at the Academy’s 18th Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.  Find out more here.

2012 Fellows Awardee: Govindaswamy Chinnadurai, Ph.D.The Fellows Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science. 

Chinnadurai has made ground-breaking contributions to the study of cancer, leading to a greater understanding of how normal cells are converted into cancer cells. With research consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health, Chinnadurai has invested 38 years in understanding the molecular mechanisms that human adenoviruses use to replicate in infected cells and to transform normal cells into cancerous ones.
"An important rule in research is to stick with one or two intellectual problems and see where they take you," Chinnadurai said. "That’s what I’ve done and it’s taken us closer than ever to finding a cure for cancer."
- Nancy Solomon, SLU Virologist Govindaswamy Chinnadurai to Receive an Outstanding Scientist Award

Dr. Chinnadurai will be presented with his award at the 18th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 19 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

2012 Fellows Awardee: Govindaswamy Chinnadurai, Ph.D.
The Fellows Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science. 

Chinnadurai has made ground-breaking contributions to the study of cancer, leading to a greater understanding of how normal cells are converted into cancer cells. With research consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health, Chinnadurai has invested 38 years in understanding the molecular mechanisms that human adenoviruses use to replicate in infected cells and to transform normal cells into cancerous ones.

"An important rule in research is to stick with one or two intellectual problems and see where they take you," Chinnadurai said. "That’s what I’ve done and it’s taken us closer than ever to finding a cure for cancer."

- Nancy Solomon, SLU Virologist Govindaswamy Chinnadurai to Receive an Outstanding Scientist Award

Dr. Chinnadurai will be presented with his award at the 18th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 19 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

The Academy is proud to recognize Washington University School of Medicine’s Audrey R. Odom, M.D., Ph.D., our 2012 Innovation Award Winner!

Dr. Odom’s bold work developing antimalarials made her a clear choice for the Innovation Award, which highlights exceptional potential in researchers under the age of 40.

Dr. Odom is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The Innovation Award is one of the Academy’s Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards and will be presented at our 18th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 19, 2012.