William Jusko recognized for a lifetime of achievements in the pharmaceutical sciences

By Kara Sweet

Published October 21, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences William J. Jusko, BS ’65 & PhD ’70, has been chosen as the 2020 recipient of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award.

William Jusko.

The award, AAPS’ most esteemed, is a lifetime achievement recognizing an individual who has made substantial contributions in research and advancement of pharmaceutical science that have had a lasting impact. 

Jusko will be honored at an AAPS Virtual Award Reception on Nov. 2, 2020.

Groundbreaking research in PK/PD

A UB faculty member since 1972, Jusko studies the disposition and pharmacological effects of drugs and the optimization of dosing for immunosuppressive, anti-diabetic and cancer treatments. His work has led to significant advances in mathematical and computer modeling of the time-course of responses following drug dosing. His research in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences since 1977.

Jusko’s catalogue of awards is unparalleled and includes the Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; the Oscar B. Hunter Career Award in Therapeutics from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics; a coveted MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award from the NIH; the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP); the Lewis B. Sheiner Lecturer Award from the International Society of Pharmacometrics (ISoP); honorary doctorates from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the University of Paris Descartes; and a Fulbright Scholarship.

Jusko has published more than 600 research articles and serves on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals and is former editor-in-chief for the Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.

He has also worked as a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee, the NIH Pharmacology Study Section, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and several pharmaceutical companies.

From 2001 to 2016, Jusko served as chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. More than 100 students and fellows have completed training under his supervision.

Jusko is a fellow of the ACCP, AAPS, ISoP, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.