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Publish Date: 06/10/98
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UC Researcher Named Distinguished Research Professor

Cincinnati--Daniel W. Nebert, MD, member of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Center for Environmental Genetics, and professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health, has been given the title of Distinguished Research Professor by the UC Board of Trustees at their meeting on May 27, 1998. This is the highest honor the University has to give in recognition of excellence in research.

Since 1989, Nebert has been a professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health, with a joint appointment since 1991 as a professor of Pediatrics. In addition to being principal investigator on five National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, he spearheaded the development in 1992 of a new National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-sponsored Center of Excellence, the Center for Environmental Genetics at UC.

Nebert earned his combined MS degree in biochemistry and MD degree at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland. He then spent two years in clinical pediatrics training at the UCLA Medical Center, before embarking on a 23-year stint at the National Institutes of Health. He is board-qualified in both Pediatrics and Human Genetics and maintains a license to practice medicine in California and Ohio. He is author and coauthor of more than 440 scientific publications and book chapters. Nebert was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1995. This distinction from the AAAS is given to individuals because of their efforts toward advancing science.

"Nebert has been a pioneer in the field of environmental genetics for more than three decades," says John Hutton, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine. His work has always been at the forefront of research concerning ‘gene-environmental interactions.’ He is recognized internationally as a creative scientist and a writer of provocative, far-reaching reviews. "He is well-known for challenging the existing dogma, for speaking out against the status-quo, yet has almost always been correct in his projections, interpretations of data, and predictions in the fields of biochemistry, developmental biology, environmental genetics, and evolution," adds Hutton.

Nebert’s scientific work and ideas have influenced the thinking, the research directions, and the future careers of thousands of colleagues in the fields of cancer, environmental toxicology, pharmacology, teratology, and environmental genetics. His research has made a big impact on changing the way in which we think about how we carry out human risk assessment most accurately and how we interpret related public health issues. He is known internationally for his many studies about the interactions between genes, the environment and the causes of cancer and disease.

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