LITTLE ROCK – Richard P. Morrison, Ph.D., today became the inaugural recipient of the Chair in Sciences Basic to Medicine at the
“When Dr. Morrison arrived at UAMS, he brought with him an accomplished history in microbiology and immunology research,” said I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., UAMS chancellor. “I am confident that many important discoveries still lie ahead for Dr. Morrison, and we are honored that he has agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with us at UAMS.”
“Dr. Morrison is a gifted scientist and an outstanding addition to UAMS’ faculty,” said Debra Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “We are fortunate that he has made
Harlan D. Caldwell, Ph.D., senior investigator and chief of the Laboratory of Intercellular Pathogens at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also took part in the ceremony. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Morrison as a colleague, collaborator and friend,”
Morrison received his undergraduate and master of sciences degrees from Montana State University (MSU) in
where he also served as a staff scientist for several years.
His academic career began in 1994 and included faculty positions at MSU and the
Morrison’s research career has primarily focused on immunity to microbial pathogens, and for the past 20 years he has studied diseases caused by the bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis. His research achievements have led to seminal discoveries in the fields of chlamydial pathogenesis and immunology. Funding for his research, which was recently renewed through 2010, comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Research honors include the NIH Award of Merit and the Wiley Award for Meritorious Research. In 1994, he became an elected fellow in the
An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that can be bestowed by a university on its faculty. The first named chair was established in
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’
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