The Research Society on Alcoholism, an organization of researchers who specialize in the study of alcoholism, will honor Dr. Samuel W. French, professor in residence of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work in the field of alcohol research at the society's annual meeting in Denver on June 28.
Dr. French received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his M.D. from UC San Francisco. He has been Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's chief of the Division of Anatomic Pathology since 1990. An expert in pathology of the liver and one of the pioneers in establishing the nature of the liver cell, he has done research on the pathogenesis of alcoholic and liver disease, more specifically investigating the regulation of expression of RNA sequence genes in liver biopsies from patients with acute alcoholic hepatitis.
Dr. French's research projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Canadian Research Council since 1960.
The society presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to researchers with long, balanced careers that include contributions to alcohol research, training, service and advocacy. In deciding to present the society's award to Dr. French, the award committee determined that Dr. French is "an outstanding researcher that spent his entire career in the research field of alcohol-induced injury." It also cited Dr. French's groundbreaking research and extensive writing about alcoholic liver disease. along with more than 450 peer-reviewed papers. It also noted that his publications have been cited 19,470 times to date.
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