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American Physiological Society Congratulates Member, New Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz

Nobel Prize in Chemistry shared with Brian Kobilka for work on G-protein-coupled receptors

BETHESDA, Md. (October 11, 2012)—The American Physiological Society (APS) congratulates its member Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., who has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He will share the award with Brian Kobilka of Stanford University. The researchers were recognized for their groundbreaking work involving G-protein-coupled receptors which has provided an important framework for drug development.

Dr. Lefkowitz has been a member of the APS for more than a decade. The physician-scientist is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Kobilka was a post-doctoral fellow in the Lefkowitz laboratory during the 1980s.

In 2001 Dr. Lefkowitz was selected to deliver the APS’ Perspectives in Physiology: Walter B. Cannon Memorial Lecture. It is the Society’s pre-eminent award lecture and recognizes an outstanding scientist for their contributions to the field.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

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