Dr. Michael J. Greenburg Recipient of 2011 Florida Academy of Science Medal

Dr. Michael J. Greenberg, former Director of the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and a Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Florida is recipient of the 2011 Florida Academy of Science Medal.
 
 
Dr. Michael Greenberg (right) and Dr. John Trefy.
Dr. Michael Greenberg (right) and Dr. John Trefy.
 
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                    Former Director of Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
                            Awarded 2011 Florida Academy of Science Medal

St. Augustine, FL - Dr. Michael J. Greenberg, former Director of the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and a Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Florida, is the recipient of the 2011 Florida Academy of Science Medal. In the words of Dr. John Trefy, Chair of the Medalist Committee, this prize was awarded to recognize a stellar academic career, one that included significant research accomplishments and major contributions towards students and education.

Dr. Greenberg, a resident of St. Augustine, is recognized as a pioneer in the development
of the field of comparative pharmacology, most notably for his work on a class of chemicals termed neuropeptides which are major regulators of biological activity in all organisms, including man. Dr. Greenberg’s research focused on cardioactive neuropeptides in snails, clams and other molluscs but had major implications for biomedical research in general. His research has taken him around the world, most notably to Japan and Australia, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the leading scientific organizations in the US. Letters in support of his nomination praised his energy and enthusiasm, which are very evident in his teaching and love of science. Dr. Greenberg will present a lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Science, in Tampa.

The Whitney Laboratory for the Marine Bioscience is a research institute of the University of Florida. The Lab's mission is to use marine organisms in basic biological research; to apply where possible, the novel results of this research to problems of human health, natural resources and the environment; to train future experimental biologists; and to contribute to public education and to the formulation of policy in basic research and marine science.

The staff of the Laboratory comprises faculty, associates, students and visiting scientists. They carry out research programs in a variety of areas including the physiology and biochemistry of vision and olfaction; neurotransmitter physiology, pharmacology and evolution; the structure, function and evolution of ion channels; motor pattern generation; membrane transport systems; and gene regulation.

The Whitney Lab is located at 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., in St. Augustine, FL. They can be reached at 904-461-4000, or via email at wimb@@whitney.ufl.edu.

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