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Pitt School of Medicine’s George K. Michalopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Receives 2009 ASIP Rous-Whipple Award

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2009 — George K. Michalopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Maud L. Menten Professor and chair of pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has received the 2009 American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) Rous-Whipple Award.

The award is presented annually to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research who continues to advance the understanding of disease. Dr. Michalopoulos was honored for his research regarding the pathways of growth factors that lead the liver to regenerate.

As the recipient, Dr. Michalopoulos presented a lecture on liver regeneration at ASIP’s annual meeting in New Orleans in April. His lecture will form the basis of a publication in The American Journal of Pathology.

“This is a once in a lifetime achievement and I am touched to receive this recognition from my peers,” said Dr. Michalopoulos.

A native of Athens, Greece, Dr. Michalopoulos received his medical degree from Athens University Medical School and his doctorate in oncology from the University of Wisconsin.

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