UTSW Scientist Wins National Research Award

UT Southwestern’s Dr. Beth Levine has received the 2014 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation for her contributions to the understanding of autophagy, a process in which cells destroy damaged proteins and organelles.

“I am truly honored to receive this award in memory of a great physician-scientist, Stanley Korsmeyer,” Levine said. “This recognition underscores the importance of autophagy as a crucial pathway in health and disease and thus represents an accomplishment for the entire field of autophagy research.”

Each year, the award recognizes the outstanding achievements of ASCI members in advancing knowledge in a specific field and in mentoring future scientists. The award is named after the late Dr. Stanley Korsmeyer, an oncologist and researcher who identified key genetic mechanisms that govern cell death and survival. The ASCI, established in 1908, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies and counts more than 3,000 physician-scientists as members.

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