Published on Monday, November 20, 2017
Media Contact: Karen Bascom
Dr. Michael Lehman, professor and chair of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The world’s largest general scientific society, the AAAS awards this honor to members in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
As part of the Section on Neuroscience, Lehman was elected as a Fellow for his “distinguished contributions to the field of integrative neuroscience, particularly for the study of the reproductive neuroendocrine system and circadian neurobiology,” according to the AAAS.
“I am truly honored to be recognized by my peers and fellow scientists in the AAAS,” Lehman said. “This is a distinction not only for me, but also for everyone who has worked in my laboratory and contributed to our research.”
Lehman is the second Fellow from UMMC in as many years. In 2016, Dr. Jia Long Zhuo, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, became a Fellow. Emeritus professor and chair of pathology Dr. Julius Cruse, and emeritus professor of biochemistry and associate dean of admissions Dr. Steven Case also received the honor.
Among Lehman’s most significant contributions to science has been the discovery of KNDy neurons, a group of brain cells that play a critical role in reproductive system control.
“Now, researchers are studying these cells to discover new treatments for conditions such as hot flashes, polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility,” Lehman said.
Since joining UMMC in 2012, Lehman has overseen the strengthening of the neuroscience and anatomy research and education programs, including the founding of the Neuro Institute in 2016.
“Being elected as an AAAS Fellow is a distinct honor that demonstrates the national reputation of Dr. Lehman as widely respected neuroscientist,” said Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research. “We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our faculty and as a leader for the UMMC Neuro Institute.”
Founded in 1848, AAAS includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies, serving 10 million individuals. Their flagship journal Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal. The organization is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through science policy, international programs, science education and public engagement initiatives.
AAAS will induct the 396 new Fellows at their Annual Meeting in February 2018. Fellows may be nominated by the AAAS section steering groups, current AAAS Fellows, or the organization’s chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.
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