VA Maryland Health Care System Researcher Honored with National Middleton Award for Outstanding Achievement

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Dr. Edward J. Weinman the William S. Middleton Award for outstanding scientific achievement in biomedical or behavior research. Weinman, a VA Maryland Health Care System clinician and investigator for more than 27 years and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has made influential contributions to the understanding of kidney function. The VA will hosted award ceremony to honor Middleton on April 22 at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., the kickoff day for the VA’s 2010 Research Week.

Dr. Weinman is not only a brilliant researcher but an excellent teacher

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Dr. Edward J. Weinman the William S. Middleton Award for outstanding scientific achievement in biomedical or behavior research. Weinman, a VA Maryland Health Care System clinician and investigator for more than 27 years and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has made influential contributions to the understanding of kidney function. The VA will host an award ceremony to honor Middleton on April 22 at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., the kickoff day for the VA’s 2010 Research Week.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Weinman’s pioneering achievements are being recognized with the prestigious Middleton Award,” said Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “Dr. Weinman has dedicated his talents, skills and intellect for many years to helping us better serve the needs of our nation’s Veterans.”

Weinman’s achievements include identifying and marking specific elements of two members of a protein family that regulate kidney function and then isolating, cloning, and demonstrating their function. His discoveries have proven to be clinically relevant not only to the kidney, describing how kidney stones can be formed by certain kinds of chemical reactions within the body, but also to how similar chemical reactions can impact other areas of the body, such as the gastrointestinal track and the neurological systems.

In addition to 173 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Weinman has contributed 27 invited reviews, several editorials, and various chapters to medical textbooks, including Cecil Essential of Internal Medicine.

“Dr. Weinman is not only a brilliant researcher but an excellent teacher,”
said Dr. Frank Calia, MD, MACP, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Weinman’s long time colleague both at the University and at the VA Maryland Health Care System. “It wasn’t unusual for medical students to meet and work with him and then become all excited about the kidney,” said Calia. “Dr Weinman is a gifted researcher who’s demonstrated a longstanding dedication to the VA.”

Dr. Michael D. Norenberg from the Miami VA Health Care System is also receiving a Middleton Award for his work in neurology on April 22. During the award ceremony, the VA will also present the Barnwell Awards, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Sciences Research.    

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one rehabilitation & extended care center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAHMCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAHMCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one rehabilitation & extended care center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAHMCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAHMCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.

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