Gunda Georg Receives Prestigious Research Prize in Academic Pharmacy

Gunda Georg Receives Prestigious Research Prize in Academic Pharmacy

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (Feb. 18, 2013) - COP - Image - Size 3 - COP - georg gundaGunda Georg, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the annual Volwiler Research Achievement Award. She was recognized by her peers as one of the leading research workers in medicinal chemistry and for outstanding contributions to the discipline.

"I am deeply honored to be selected by my peers to receive the AACP Volwiler Award," said Georg. "It is the belief that diseases can be cured and conditions improved that continues to drive me and my research team."

The award is sponsored by the Abbott Fund and was established as the research prize in academic pharmacy to honor the late Ernest H. Volwiler, former president and research director of Abbott Laboratories. The award consists of a gold medal and a $12,500 cash prize. Georg will also be honored during the annual AACP meeting in Chicago in July.

A world-renowned medicinal chemist, Georg's research goals are to discover and develop bioactive compounds and to improve their potency, selectivity and pharmaceutical properties. Her research interests include cancer, male contraception and Alzheimer's disease. She is a co-inventor of Lusedra, a commercial anestetic drug. She is also a co-inventor of Gamendazole, a male contraceptive agent, and the anticancer agent Minnelide, both of which are undergoing preclinical development.

Georg is professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, and the Robert Vince Endowed Chair and McKnight Presidential Chair.


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