UF surgical researcher receives national honor

Lyle L. Moldawer, Ph.D., professor and vice chairman of research at the University of Florida Department of Surgery, recently was honored with the Shock Society Scientific Achievement Award.

Bestowed during the society’s annual conference, held this June in San Antonio, the award is presented to an outstanding scientist with lifetime contributions to the study of shock.

The Shock Society’s mission is to improve the care of trauma, shock and sepsis victims through promoting clinically relevant research, providing a multidisciplinary forum to integrate and disseminate knowledge, and educating and mentoring the next generation of investigators.

Moldawer, who joined UF in 1993, established the Laboratory of Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science, which seeks to translate current developments in molecular biology, gene therapy and functional genomics into the treatment of critically ill patients.

This past spring he was awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship, which is bestowed each year to just 33 researchers campus-wide. While at UF, Moldawer has received numerous honors including: the College of Medicine’s research prize in basic science, the Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award, and UF Bank awards for highly marketable faculty and excellence in research.