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Aug. 22, 2006
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KU professor one of only three named to medicinal chemistry hall of fame

Gary Grunewald

LAWRENCE — Gary Grunewald, a professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas, has been named a founding member of the hall of fame of the American Chemical Society, Division of Medicinal Chemistry. He is one of only three individuals to receive the honor.

The honor is given to members of the society’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry who have made outstanding contributions to medicinal chemistry through research, teaching and service. Grunewald and his fellow inductees will be recognized at the society’s fall meeting Sept. 13 in San Francisco.

“The American Chemical Society’s selection of Gary Grunewald as one of three inaugural members of its hall of fame is a testament to his outstanding contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry during a productive career at KU. His pioneering research and service make him an ideal recipient for this high honor. We are proud to have him on the KU faculty,” said Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

Grunewald earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and pharmacy at Washington State University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He joined KU’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry in 1966 and was department chair from 1994 to 2003. He previously was honored with the Higuchi/Simons Research Achievement Award for research excellence in biomedical sciences at KU.

Grunewald’s research has focused on mechanistic studies of neurotransmitters and drugs affecting them in the central nervous system. His recent work has concentrated on exploring the poorly understood role of epinephrine in the central nervous system.

A long-time member of the medicinal chemistry division of the American Chemical Society, Grunewald was a member of the long-range planning committee, vice chair, chair and councilor. He also organized and chaired the 27th National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium in 2000. He has also chaired the research committee and was a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Grunewald is on the editorial advisory boards of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters and Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry and was elected a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ken Audus, dean of the KU School of Pharmacy, said Grunewald is a well-respected faculty member and deserving of the honor.

“The hall of fame recognition is a great honor for Gary in recognizing his exceptional research, teaching and service record. It comes as no surprise to his colleagues in the School of Pharmacy who have directly benefited from his presence and leadership since 1966,” Audus said. “When members of our faculty are recognized as having hall of fame credentials by peers at the national level, that’s high praise for the individual, but is also a positive reflection on KU, for whose betterment Gary has dedicated his entire career.”

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