Watkins Wins Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award

Paul Watkins, MD, professor of medicine, was given the award by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Award recipients are investigators who are actively involved in high-quality clinical pharmacologic research.

Watkins Wins Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award click to enlarge Dr. Paul Watkins

The Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award was established in 1978 by Dr. W. B. Rawls to further his commitment to continuing medical education and its impact on patient care. The goal of the Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award is to incorporate the efforts of modern research in patient care and to help bridge the gap between the results of research and its application in patient care (ascpt.org). 

Dr. Watkins has been an employee at UNC School of Medicine for 15 years. In 1999, he held his first position at UNC as Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor. Today he is also serves as Professor of Toxicology and as the director of the Hamner Institute for Drug Safety Sciences.

He is recognized internationally as an expert in drug safety. Dr. Watkins has conducted research in drug-induced liver injury (DILI), which includes basic investigation in drug metabolism and transport, clinical studies, causation assessment, and regulatory affairs. For over 20 years he has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for basic and translational research. 

The 2015 award recipients will be formally recognized and present a lecture at the ASCPT Annual Meeting in March. The lecture presented will be a focus on recent developments in clinical pharmacology. In addition, the recipient will receive a $1,000 prize and a plaque.