People and Programs On The Move at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)

George Humphrey
Oct. 9, 2000


Dr. Frank Porreca Receives Honors
Frank Porreca, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the UA College of Medicine, has received several recent prestigious honors.

Dr. Porreca was selected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to receive a Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) Award. The MERIT Award program provides long-term stable support to outstanding NIDA investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner.

"It is hoped that the provision of long-term, stable support will foster your continued creativity and lessen administrative burdens associated with preparation and submission of regular research grant applications," a letter of notification states.

In addition, Porreca has been invited to deliver the Benjamin Covino Lecture to the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Finally, Dr. Porreca was awarded the F.W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award. The award presentation will take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 4 at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society. The F.W.L. Kerr Memorial Award recognizes individual excellence and achievements in pain research, and is presented to a pain professional whose total career achievements have made outstanding contributions to the field.

UA's Dr. Randa Kutob Receives Prestigious National Award

Randa Kutob, M.D., an assistant professor in the University of Arizona department of family and community medicine, was one of eight family practice faculty members nationally to be awarded the Advanced Research Training Grant by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The grant program assists family physicians who already have some basic research understanding and significant interest to attain advanced research training and experience. This project seeks to increase the number of family physicians who are published researchers in family practice, according to AAFP.

"This and all of the components of the AAFP's Plan to Enhance Family Practice Research are supported by an advocacy campaign to foster a better understanding and appreciation of family practice research and to stimulate other research funding entities to continue supporting family practice research infrastructure and activities; a project description states.

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