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Award Description

The Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology was established in 1991 to honor the memory of the eminent American pharmacologist who shaped the fields of neuroscience, drug metabolism, and biochemistry and who served as a mentor for numerous eminent pharmacologists around the world. The Julius Axelrod Award is presented for significant contributions to understanding the biochemical mechanisms underlying the pharmacological actions of drugs and for contributions to mentoring other pharmacologists. ASPET assumed responsibility of the Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology from the Catecholamine Club in 2007. 

The award is presented annually, at the award ceremony during the ASPET Annual Meeting. The award consists of:

  • An invitation to deliver the Julius Axelrod Lecture at the ASPET Annual Meeting the year following receipt of the Award.
  • An invitation to organize the Julius Axelrod Symposium at the ASPET Annual Meeting the year following receipt of the award.
  • An invitation by the Catecholamine Club to give a less formal presentation at its annual dinner meeting that year of the award.
  • A $5000 honorarium.
  • A commemorative medal.
  • Complimentary registration and travel expenses for the winner and spouse to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology.


  • The candidate need not be a member of the Society.
  • The nomination must be made by a member of ASPET or the Catecholamine Club.
  • No candidate may be nominated for more than one major ASPET award in any given year.

Criteria and Selection

  • The award shall be made on the basis of originality and uniqueness of accomplishments throughout a long career distinguished by sustained, significant contributions to research in pharmacology, to understanding the biochemical mechanisms underlying the pharmacological actions of drugs, as well as significant contributions to mentoring in pharmacology.
  • Selection of the recipient will be made by the ASPET Awards Committee, appointed by the President of ASPET. 

Nomination Submission

Nominations shall be submitted using the ASPET Online Awards Portal by logging using the box below. The nominations shall consist of:

  1. The candidate's curriculum vitae and bibliography in PDF.
  2. A brief biographical summary of the candidate and the importance of their work for use in award winner announcements (in no more than 150 words.)
  3. A letter of nomination describing the research and mentoring contributions to pharmacology of the candidate that make him/her eligible for this Award, listing major contributions (in PDF and no more than 1000 words.)
  4. A list of individuals mentored by the candidate in PDF.
  5. The names and emails of up to two people who can provide additional letters of support (optional). They need not be ASPET members.
  6. The names and emails of up to two former trainees who can describe the quality of their training with the candidate and its impact on their careers (optional). They need not be ASPET members. 

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Nomination Deadline

Award nominations for the 2020 Julius Axelrod Award are due by Monday, September 16, 2019.

Recipients of the Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology

1991Ullrich Trendelenberg
1992Arvid Carlsson
1993Norman Weiner
1994Robert Furchgott
1995Irvin Kopin
1998Sidney Spector
1999Solomon Snyder
2000Erminio Costa
2001Toshi Nagatsu
2002Salomon Langer
2003Richard Weinshilboum
2004Richard Palmiter
2005Marc Caron  
2006Susan Amara
2007Tong H. Joh
2008Randy D. Blakely
2009Palmer W. Taylor
2010Brian Kobilka
2011Elaine Sanders-Bush
2012Gavril W. Pasternak
2013Lee E. Limbird
2014Jeffrey L. Benovic
2015Jean Rossier
2016Paul A. Insel
2017Michel Bouvier
2018 Joseph A. Beavo, Jr.
2019Alexandra C. Newton
2020P. Jeffrey Conn


Last Updated: February 19, 2020

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