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SLU's Daniela Salvemini Honored for Pain Research

10/15/2020

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) has honored Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of pharmacology and physiology, with its 2020 Pharmacia-ASPET Award for Experimental Therapeutics.

Daniela Salvemini

Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. SLU file photo.

The award recognizes and stimulates outstanding research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, basic laboratory or clinical research that has had, or potentially will have, a major impact on the pharmacological treatment of disease.

Salvemini is being recognized for her contributions to the understanding of molecular and cellular neuropathic pain. Her highly translational research has resulted in the development of multiple novel therapies that have entered clinical trials.

Salvemini was set to receive the award in April 2020 during a presentation at the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2020 in San Diego, California. That event was canceled, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Salvemini, her work embodies the mission and her research gives people hope to improve their quality of life,” said Robert Wilmott, M.D., Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

In 2019, Salvemini was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for her contributions toward understanding and finding better treatments for pain.