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NIDDK's Rice Wins Drug Research Award

Dr. Kenner Rice, chief of NIDDK's Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, received the 2001 Nathan B. Eddy Award, a major international prize for drug dependence research. The award, which includes a medal and $10,000, was presented to Rice in Scottsdale, Ariz., in June at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD).

The award memorializes Dr. Nathan B. Eddy, a pioneer in the drug dependence field and a former section chief in the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, NIDDK's first incarnation. Eddy coordinated the early research on analgesics for the Public Health Service beginning in the 1930s. The lab Rice leads is the contemporary successor to Eddy's section.

Since coming to NIH in 1972, Rice has primarily conducted research in medicinal chemistry. He has focused on learning how neurotransmitters work in the central nervous system. From that basic understanding, he and his lab developed substances aimed at preventing and treating drug abuse.

Rice's career has been productive. So far, he has written or coauthored more than 475 papers and 33 issued patents. He has created probes to explore how opioids, cocaine, cannabinoids and phenylcyclidine (PCP)-like molecules act on their receptors. He has also mapped the location of cannabinoid receptors, shown that there are biochemical differences in the receptors of animals addicted to either morphine or heroin, and developed a drug that may eventually stop addicts from using cocaine. His invention of the NIH Opiate Total Synthesis has made it possible to make synthetic opiates on a large scale.

The Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award is administered by CPDD, a nonprofit membership organization that is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for research and training in the field of drug dependence.

NIH'ers Receive Maryland Governor's Award

Two NIH'ers recently received recognition for volunteerism at a state awards ceremony. Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (c) presided over the Governor's 18th annual Volunteer and Service Awards ceremony in Baltimore. Angela M. Magliozzi (l), women's health program manager in NIAID, received a certificate for her role as chair of the 2001 Montgomery County Women's Fair committee, and Genia H. Bohrer, senior management analyst, ORS, received a certificate for her role as team leader for the fair's program of the day. Both women are active members of the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women. The governor's office on service and volunteerism gave this year's awards during the International Year of Volunteers 2001, so designated by the United Nations, to begin the new millennium by celebrating the contributions of volunteers around the world.

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