Dr. Bert O’Malley, chair of molecular and cellular biology at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named as the recipient of the Endocrine Society’s Outstanding Innovation in Science Award.
Established in 1944, the Laureate Awards recognize the highest achievements in the endocrinology field, including groundbreaking research and innovations in clinical care.
The Outstanding Innovation Award was established in 2013 and recognizes endocrinologists who have demonstrated innovation in scientific endocrine research or practice in support of the field of endocrinology, patients and society at large.
“Bert O’Malley is an outstanding scientist and this recognition by the Endocrine Society is well deserved,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “His contributions to the field and to Baylor College of Medicine are immeasurable.”
O’Malley’s innovative discoveries of the molecular pathways underlying steroid hormone action have had an extraordinary impact on the endocrinology field. His early pioneering discovery that the action of steroid hormones in endocrine tissues is a consequence of their ability to regulate gene selective transcriptional responses within the cell’s nucleus changed the field of steroid hormone action, leading endocrine investigators toward hormonal control of gene transcription and served as a primary stimulus for creation of the field of molecular endocrinology. He later elucidated the exact mechanism of hormonal gene activation via his discovery of ‘coactivators’ – the master genes for endocrine responses.
“I accept this award in the name of my outstanding lab group of trainees and faculty collaborators over the years,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley, associate director of the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor and recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science, is also known for his contributions to education. He has graduated more than 250 students and postdoctoral fellows, who now serve as professors, chief executive officers and deans at institutions around the world.
He has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. He has been inducted into the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and many awards. He has published more than 650 papers and holds 22 patents in the fields of gene regulation, molecular endocrinology and steroid receptor action.
He heads one of the longest running National Institutes of Health Reproductive Training Grants and Programs in the United States. He is a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at Baylor where he is valued for his administrative skills and as an award winning teacher. He holds the Thomas C. Thompson Chair in Cell Biology.
The Endocrine Society will present $101,000 in awards to the winners at ENDO 2015, the Society’s 97th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego from March 5-6, 2015.