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Cidlowski Honored at ENDO 08

By Eddy Ball
July 2008

Edwin B. Astwood Award Winner John Cidlowski
Edwin B. Astwood Award Winner John Cidlowski (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS Principal Investigator John Cidlowski, Ph.D., was presented with the 2008 Edwin B. Astwood Award at the Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, June 15 - 18. Cidlowski is one of eleven distinguished recipients of ENDO 08 Laureate Awards, which the society describes as "the pinnacle of achievement in the field of endocrinology."

As part of his award, Cidlowski was invited to present the 2008 Edwin B. Astwood Award Plenary Lecture at the meeting on June 18. He delivered a talk on "The Glucocorticoid Receptor: One Gene, Many Proteins - New Mechanisms for Tissue-Specific Actions of Glucocorticoids."

Cidlowski is the chief of the NIEHS Laboratory of Signal Transduction and head of the Molecular Endocrinology Group. His major research interests are glucocorticoid receptors and their actions on the inflammatory response triggered by environmental stress via steroid hormone action and the regulation of apoptosis in normal and neoplastic cells. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals, as well as several book chapters. Cidlowski served as a professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the NIEHS in 1995.

Since 1977, the Endocrine Society has presented the Edwin B. Astwood Award annually to the innovators, educators and practitioners who are transforming endocrinology. Sponsored by Genentech, Inc., the award was established in memory of Tufts University New England Medical Center physician-scientist Edwin Bennett Astwood, M.D., Ph.D. (  Download Adobe Reader, who died in 1976. Astwood was a physiologist and endocrinologist whose transformative research on the endocrine system is credited with revolutionizing the management of thyroid disease.

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