Bruce D. Hammock, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Entomology, has received the 2014 Bernard B. Brodie Award from The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).
The award, which includes an honorarium and a commemorative medal, recognizes Hammock’s outstanding original research contributions to the understanding of human drug metabolism and transport and the continued impact of his research in the area of drug discovery and development.
Hammock, who directs a laboratory of more than 40 scientists and students in the UC Davis Department of Entomology, explores the biochemical basis of human and environment interactions and their implications for improving both human and environmental health.
For more than 35 years, Hammock has worked on the mechanism of certain hydrolytic enzymes and their effect on human health. His work has helped identify new targets for the action of drugs and other compounds to improve health and predict risk from various environmental chemicals.
In selecting Hammock, ASPET acknowledged Hammock’s collaborative studies in drug metabolism and metabolomics. The society also noted his tradition of sharing reagents for research to enable investigators in both the private and public sectors to make substantial advances for the development of potentially useful therapeutic compounds to treat stroke, atherosclerosis, heart failure, renal failure, inflammation and neuropathic pain.
Hammock, who will be presented with the award on April 26 in San Diego, also serves as program director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program Project and is a member of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
ASPET is a 4,800 member scientific society whose members conduct basic and clinical pharmacological research in academia, industry and the government. The organization’s members research efforts help develop new medicines and therapeutic agents to fight existing and emerging diseases.