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October 23, 2019

Matalon awarded Cotzias Medal

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Screen Shot 2019 10 23 at 2.12.16 PMSadis Matalon, Ph.D., Dr.Sc. (Hon.), FAPS, has been awarded the George Cotzias Medal from the Hellenic Society of Physiology.

The George Cotzias Medal is named for the pioneering scientist whose research dramatically impacted treatment for Parkinson’s disease, showing that daily doses of L-DOPA could reverse many of the disease’s effects. Each year, the Hellenic Society of Physiology selects two international scientists for the prestigious award. The ceremony took place October 4 in Mani, Greece, at the tip of Peloponesse.

“I feel deeply honored to be chosen for this award,” said Dr. Matalon. “I would like to thank the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, as well as the School of Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the National Institute of Health for their support of my research. We will double our efforts to ensure that our research benefits the lives of patients with lung injury and preeclampsia.”

Matalon is vice chair for research and director of the Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine within the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; he holds the Alice McNeal Endowed Chair. He is also the director of the Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center and serves as editor-in-chief of Physiological Reviews. He was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Medical Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.