November 11, 2005

Pharmaceutical group honors Kim

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Richard Kim, M.D.

At their annual meeting held in Nashville this week, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists named Richard Kim, M.D., professor of Medicine and Pharmacology in Vanderbilt's Division of Clinical Pharmacology, as one of 18 AAPS Fellows for 2005.

The AAPS is an international professional scientific society of more than 12,000 members dedicated to the discovery, development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and therapies.

The AAPS confers the honor of Fellow to individuals who have made “remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences such as original articles, scientific presentations at AAPS meetings and/or patents,” the organization said in a press release.

The organization recognized Kim for his research on individual differences in patients' varied drug responses, specifically in the area of drug transporters — cellular proteins that ferry drugs into and out of cells. Kim's laboratory has identified and characterized a number of transporters involved in resistance to cancer and HIV therapies, uncovering genetic factors that may allow researchers to better predict drug toxicity and effectiveness in patients.

"I am truly honored to have been selected by my peers for this recognition,” Kim said. “Certainly I owe much of my success to my colleagues, post-doctoral fellows and collaborators."