Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Director
of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s, has been elected as a Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are elected by their peers and recognized
for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.
Rothenberg’s research focuses on
elucidating the mechanisms of allergic responses, especially in mucosal tissues
such as the gastrointestinal tract and lung. The goal of his research is to
identify mechanisms of allergic inflammation, with the aim of developing and
testing novel pharmaceutical targets for the treatment and cure of patients
with a variety of allergic diseases, especially eosinophilic gastrointestinal
disorders, such as eosinophilic esophagitis; hypereosinophilic syndrome; asthma;
and food allergies.
His extensive publications
include book chapters and more than 270 articles on molecular mechanisms of
allergic responses. He has served on various review panels for journals and
grant agencies, including the Burroughs Trust, the Medical Research Council of
the United Kingdom and the National Institutes of Health, where he served on
the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
His research has been supported by numerous sources, including the National
Institutes of Health, United States of America Department of Defense, Human
Frontier Science Program Organization, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Dana
Foundation, Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Diseases Foundation and
Food Allergy & Research Education, Inc.
In addition to his own research,
Rothenberg has mentored numerous scientists and clinicians, sees patients
suffering from allergic and immunological diseases from around the world, and
has helped to build a top program in pediatric allergy and immunology.
“Being elected as an AAAS Fellow
is a great honor,” says Rothenberg, “one that I hope will bring greater
attention to the growing health concern and unmet needs of allergic and
eosinophilic disorders and will further support medical research.”
Each year, the AAAS Council
elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its
applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Dr. Rothenberg’s previous awards include the
Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation Award for the best young investigator in
the allergy field; the Young Investigator Award and the Scholar in Allergy
Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; the Ohio
Governor’s Recognition Award; the 2007 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society
of Pediatric Research; and, in 2010, a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award,
which provides support to investigators whose research expertise and
contributions are both exceptional and sustainable, from the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
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