National Awards for UConn Health Faculty

UConn Health and its faculty have been applauded on the national stage for their accomplishments. The most recent accolades include:

Early Career Scientist Receive Prestigious Grant from AFAR and The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

The American Federation for Aging and Research (AFAR) and The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research have announced Ming Xu, PhD, assistant professor, UConn Health with the 2019 Research Grant for Junior Faculty. Xu was awarded the grant which provides an early career investigator with up to $100,000 for one to two years to support research focused on aging processes and age-related diseases. Xu’s research is targeting p21high senescent cells to improve healthspan and lifespan. His goal is to enhance healthy aging in human populations.

First American to Win the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin received the 2019 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences on February 9, becoming the first American to earn this prestigious award. The ceremony took place during the Africa Union Heads of States Summit located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Laurencin was selected for his fundamental contributions in the field of regenerative engineering, a field he has pioneered. The prize is awarded to a maximum of three laureates who have made significant efforts through scientific research towards improving quality of human life. Dr. Laurencin was formally selected by the UNESCO Director-General.

American Academy of PAs National Recognition of Distinguished Fellow

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) has recognized David Kotler, PA-C as a Distinguished Fellow.  Distinguished Fellows of AAPA represent only two percent of the entire AAPA membership. The program was established to recognize the exceptional contributions of PAs to the profession through professional achievement, leadership, professional interactions, learning and community service. David practices neurosurgery and was recognized for his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 31 years as a PA.  He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the community in Avon, CT.