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NIDCD Director Receives 2009 Kerry-Manheimer Award

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Dr. Battey shown in his office in Bethesda, Md, with the award statue.

NIDCD Director James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., received the 2009 Kerry-Manheimer Award given by the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

Established in 1976, the Kerry-Manheimer Award recognizes the career contributions of outstanding researchers in the chemosensory sciences. The honoree is selected by the Monell Center’s faculty.

“Dr. Battey is a seminal figure in the field of chemosensory science,” said Monell Director Gary K. Beauchamp, Ph.D. “At NIDCD, his leadership has established national research priorities that have led to a quantum leap in understanding the molecular and cellular biology, biophysics and biochemistry of taste and smell. Importantly, he also has been a prominent advocate for research on human and animal sensory behavioral biology. Together, these critical initiatives are translating into innovative new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease.”

Dr. Battey, also vice-chair of the NIH Stem Cell Task Force, received the award on October 14 when he delivered a lecture to Monell’s scientists on “NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” The lecture focused on President Obama’s executive order to remove barriers to responsible research involving human stem cells.

To learn more about the Manheimer-Kerry award, go to http://www.monell.org/news/of_note/battey_award.