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Juan Lertora Receives PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence
Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2013) — Juan J. L. Lertora, MD, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation Award in Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology. The award program, now in its 15th year, honors former Foundation grant recipients for outstanding career achievements.
Darrell Abernethy, MD, PhD, Chair of the Foundation’s Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee, will present the award to Dr. Lertora on March 6, 2013, at the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
Dr. Lertora is Director of the Clinical Pharmacology Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He also serves on the faculty for the NIH–Duke Master’s Program in Clinical Research. Before coming to the NIH, Dr. Lertora was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Northwestern University’s Clinical Pharmacology Center, where he was awarded a three-year PhRMA Foundation (at that time, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association [PMA] Foundation) Faculty Development Award in Clinical Pharmacology. After transitioning to the positions of Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Section Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, he received a PMA Foundation Clinical Pharmacology Unit Award. Dr. Lertora established the first joint academic section of clinical pharmacology between the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology at Tulane in 1981 and later rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology. In his 25 years at the university, he served as a physician, clinical investigator, teacher, trainer, and mentor, advising medical and graduate students, resident physicians, and postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Lertora graduated with honors from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of the Northeast in Argentina, and earned his doctorate from Tulane University’s Department of Pharmacology. While at Tulane, Dr. Lertora received a Merck Sharp & Dohme International Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut and pursued a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Iowa.
Since 2006, Dr. Lertora has managed the NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course for NIH trainees, staff scientists, and national and international distance learning partners. He also oversees special training programs in clinical pharmacology for postdoctoral fellows, residents, and medical students.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lertora has achieved recognition for his work in education. In December 2008, he received the NIH Clinical Center Director’s Award for Teaching and Training. In addition to acknowledging his management of the Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, the award also lauded his efforts to establish elective rotations at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), introducing NIH clinical research trainees to the regulatory sciences. In July 2010, Dr. Lertora was recognized by the NIH Director with the Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award.
Dr. Lertora was Program Director of the NIH–funded General Clinical Research Center of Tulane–Louisiana State University (LSU)–Charity Hospital from 1998 to 2005, and Principal Investigator of the Tulane–LSU Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Unit from 1996 to 2005. He is an editorial board member for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics—ASCPT’s scholarly journal—and served on the organization’s Board of Directors as Vice President and At-Large Director. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Clinical Pharmacology. As a member of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group, Dr. Lertora studied drug effects and interactions in HIV-positive individuals.
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