Wensel wins Proctor Medal-Joint Award
Congratulations to Dr. Theodore Wensel for winning the Proctor Medal-Joint Award! Dr. Wensel shares this award with Dr. Vadim Arshavsky from Duke University. The Proctor and Friedenwald Awards are presented annually by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology to recognize outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology.
Working mostly independently but synergistically, they were jointly responsible for the fundamental discovery and characterization of the GTPase activating protein (GAP) complex in phototransduction, now known to comprise the constituents RGS9-1, Gß5L, and R9AP. This is a landmark achievement, the discovery process for which was intricate and extensive, and composed of a series of separate discoveries. In addition to these studies, Drs. Wensel and Arshavsky have each gone on to separately make other pivotal contributions to the retina field.
Dr. Wensel holds the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and is a professor in the departments Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience,Ophthalmology, and Pharmacology.