Professor John Kopchick

Professor John Kopchick, Department of Biomedical Sciences ved Ohio University er udnævnt til æresdoktor på Aarhus Universitet. Han er en af verdens førende forskere inden for væksthormon og dertil knyttede vækstfaktorer, og han har arbejdet tæt sammen med forskere fra Aarhus Universitet. Det har indtil videre ført til ni fælles publikationer og tre patenter, foruden udveksling af forskere laboratorierne imellem.

Tilbage i 1989 var John Kopchick den første til at udvikle og karakterisere en specifik antagonist, som nu er et licenseret lægemiddel til behandling af den sjældne sygdom akromegali (kæmpevækst). Siden da har professorens forskning udviklet sig, og det har ført til et fokus på væksthormon i forhold til aldring.

John Kopchick har udgivet 292 peer reviewed artikler, herunder i anerkendte tidsskrifter som PNAS og Journal of Clinical Investigation. Hans H-indeks er 55, og han er indehaver af 35 patenter. Professoren blev i 2012 udnævnt til distinguished professor ved Ohio University, og han er desuden tidligere præsident for ”Growth Hormone Research Society”, som med over 400 medlemmer fra mere end 30 lande er et internationalt organ bestående af klinikere, forskere, undervisere og studerende. Selskabet blev oprindeligt stiftet af forskere fra Aarhus Universitet.

John Kopchick er uddannet ved Indiana University of Pennsylvania og University of Texas Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital og the Tumor Institute i Houston. I årene 2004 til 2012 har han besøgt Danmark til 14 postgradute kurser, som har været arrangeret i samarbejde med Health på Aarhus Universitet.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Uddannelse

1980:                     Ph.D., Virology-Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical, Sciences (GSBS), University of Texas System Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston

1975:                     M.S., Biology-Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1972:                     B.S., Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Stillinger

1987- :                   Goll Ohio Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biological Science Department Sciences, Ohio University, Irvine Hall, Athens

1987- :                   Director of the Growth, Diabetes and Obesity Section, Edison Biotechnology Institute, Konneker Research Laboratories, Ohio University       

1985-1986:             Group Leader; Molecular Biology, Department of Animal Drug Discovery, Merck Institute of Therapeutic Research, Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories

1984-1985:             Research Fellow, Department of Biochemical Genetics, Merck Institute of Therapeutic Research, Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories

1982- 1984:            Senior Research Biochemist, Department of Biochemical Genetics, Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research, Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories

1980-1982:             Postdoctoral Fellow, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology

1976-1980:             Medical Technologist (Part-Time), Bellaire General Hospital, Houston

1975-1980:             Pre-doctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas

1972-1975:             Teaching Assistant in Microbiology, Genetics and General Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Priser og hædersbevisninger

2013:                      Nicholas T. Zervas Lectureship in Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

2013:                      Elected to the National Academy of Inventors Chartered Fellows

2012:                      Ohio University Distinguished Professorship

2012:                      Elected President of the Growth Hormone Research Society, Munich, Germany

2012:                      Ohio Patent Impact Award

2011:                      British Endocrine Society Transatlantic Medal, Birmingham, England

2010:                      Philips Medal, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University

2008:                      Commencement Address, Graduation Ceremony, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2008:                      Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2007:                      Arthur Thomson Visiting Professor Award, University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, England

2007:                      New York College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Riland Award.  The Riland Medal is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to medical science and education, health policy, public policy

2007:                      AMVETS Silver Helmet Award.  Highest award given by the AMVETS for service to the USA

2007:                      Elected to Growth Hormone Society Research Council

2006:                      Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas

2002:                      Distinguished Alumnus Award 2002, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

1987- :                   The Milton and Lawrence H. Goll Eminent Scholar Endowed Professorship in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ohio University

1987:                      Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1980-1982:             American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology

1976-1980:             Roselie B. Hite Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas

1972-1975:             Teaching Assistantship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1968-1971:             J.M. Uhler Scholarship

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