Julian Solway wins ACP-ASIM's annual award for medical science

May 7, 2001

Julian Solway, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Asthma Center at the University of Chicago, has received the 2001 Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. (The two societies merged in 1998.) The award, given annually since 1958, honors "an outstanding contribution to medicine."

Previous winners include several scientists who also won the Nobel Prize, including: neuroscientist Eric Kandel, who won this award in 1989 and the Nobel for Medicine in 2000; molecular pharmacologist Alfred Gilman, who received this award in 1995 and the Nobel in 1994; and cancer researchers Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, who won the ACP award in 1987 and the Nobel in 1989.

"This is quite an honor to receive an award with such a distinguished history," said Dr. Solway. "It is a testament to the work our entire team has been doing, not just in the laboratory, but also in the community, where asthma is common, often poorly understood, and frequently inadequately treated."

Dr. Solway is being honored for his contributions to both the basic science and the public understanding of asthma. His laboratory research investigates asthma-related abnormalities in the structure and function of smooth muscle cells that encircle the airway tubes (and constrict the airways during an asthma attack). Dr. Solway's laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Sandler Program in Asthma Research.

His public awareness efforts include creation of the University of Chicago's Asthma Center. Dr. Solway assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators, and community outreach workers to teach physicians, patients, and local communities about asthma. The Center has established asthma classes at the Hospitals and organized an outreach program for residents of Chicago Housing Authority developments and for Chicago Public School nurses, teachers, and staff.

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