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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Research Professor Henry Forman has earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine. Forman has served for two years as the group’s president and reviews editor and as president-elect for two years before that.

A prolific investigator in the field of free radical biology, he has several grant-funded research projects, including one with USC Free Radical Institute Director and USC Leonard Davis School Professor Kelvin Davies, examining “Oxygen Radical Toxicity and Protein Degradation.” He also has a grant with co-investigator Peggy O’Day of the University of California, Merced, which studies “Human Models of the Particulate-Induced Inflammatory/Antioxidant Axis in Aging,” and a grant with Thomas Coates of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

2014 has been a busy and exciting year for Forman, whose primary appointment is as a Distinguished Professor in the UC Merced School of Natural Sciences. During a sabbatical, he was invited to lecture internationally, including at the Society for Free Radical Research International in Kyoto; the Department of Molecular Medicine Scientific Meeting at the University of Padua, Italy; the Society for Free Radical Research – Europe 2014 in Paris; and in Liverpool, Birmingham, and the University of Exeter in the UK.

Besides the award from the Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Forman has been recognized this year as a visiting professor at the University of Padua, a visiting international scholar at the University of Exeter, and won Recognition of Achievements from the University of Ferrara, Italy. He has also published nine papers, including one in the journal Nature.

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