UB professor earns distinguished AAPS award for lifetime of service

Portrait of Marilyn Morris

Marilyn Morris, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Photo: Kara Sweet

By Kara Sweet

Release Date: August 15, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Marilyn Morris, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Distinguished Service Award.

The AAPS Distinguished Service Award honors an AAPS member for a lifetime of service to the organization. Morris, who also serves as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will be recognized at the AAPS annual meeting in November in Washington, D.C.

A UB faculty member since 1985, Morris is one of the world’s preeminent scholars in the areas of drug membrane transport, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. She is widely recognized for her groundbreaking discoveries regarding the role of dietary flavonoids in drug interaction and drug resistance — research with enormous implications for patient care and drug therapy, particularly in the treatment of cancer.

Morris is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism; Francis Dudley Meyer Award for Breast Cancer Research from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation; the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity; the AAPS Innovation in Biotechnology Award; and the 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Manitoba.

Morris is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and AAPS, for which she is also past president. She is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Panel for Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is an elected member of the executive committee of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

She received her doctorate in pharmaceutics from UB, her master’s degree from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba.

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