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LLU School of Medicine professor awarded fellowship in American Physiological Society

Lawrence D. Longo, MD
Lawrence D. Longo, MD
Lawrence D. Longo, MD, distinguished professor of physiology and pharmacology, School of Medicine, was awarded fellowship in the American Physiological Society at the experimental biology 2006 meetings held in San Francisco last April. Dr. Longo was awarded fellowship in the society for his many contributions to cerebrovascular physiology, and the role of development in cerebral vascular signal transduction mechanisms.

Dr. Longo is head of the Center for Perinatal Biology and a distinguished professor of physiology, biochemistry, and obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine. He is one of the world’s most respected specialists in developmental physiology.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Longo has compiled an impressive record in research and academic leadership. He has developed the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University, with 10 full-time NIH-funded faculty, into one of the world’s leading research groups in this field.

Dr. Longo is also a renowned author and editor. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles—180 on developmental physiology/endocrinology, more than 60 articles on the history of obstetrics and gynecology, more than 70 book chapters, and has written or edited 17 books. He has served as a visiting professor at nearly two dozen universities, both in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Longo is the recipient of  numerous honors and awards for his contributions to medicine. In 1976, he was named Alumnus of the Year by Loma Linda University. In 1988, he was awarded the Frank C. and Margaret P. Boucek Prize of Loma Linda University. In 1988, Dr. Longo was awarded a NATO professorship by the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy. In 1994, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Great Britain conferred upon him fellowship ad eundem.

In 2004, Dr. Longo received the first Naftolin Award for Excellence in Mentoring from that society. He also served as president of that society in 1982 and 1983.

Dr. Longo is also known for his work in the history of medicine, concentrating on 18th and 19th century obstetrics and gynecology. He edits the “Classic Pages in Obstetric and Gynecology” for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was editor-in-chief for the book series Classics in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Earlier this year, the American Osler Society honored Dr. Longo with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, July 20, 2006