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Julius AxelrodAward Description

The Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology was established in 1991 to honor the eminent American pharmacologist who shaped the fields of neuroscience, drug metabolism, and biochemistry and who served as a mentor for numerous now world-renown pharmacologists. 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:

  • A $5,000 honorarium.
  • A commemorative medal.
  • Complimentary registration and travel expenses for the winner and spouse to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting to receive the award.
  • An invitation to deliver the Julius Axelrod Lecture and organize the Julius Axelrod Symposium in conjunction with the ASPET Annual Meeting the year following receipt of the Award, or at another ASPET meeting, or webinar.
  • An invitation by the Catecholamine Club to give a less formal presentation at its annual dinner meeting that year of the award.


  • 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.
  • The current Council president and secretary/treasurer are ineligible during their active tenure.

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. 

Encouraging Diversity

ASPET is strongly committed to providing opportunities to all its members regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability/disability.  Nominations from and for members of marginalized and underrepresented communities are greatly encouraged.

Nomination Materials

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. Optional: Support letters from up to two former trainees who can describe the quality of their training with the candidate and its impact on their careers. They need not be ASPET members. Letters must be uploaded as separate PDFs. Inclusion of support letters is encouraged.
  6. Optional: Up to two additional letters of support. They need not be ASPET members. Letters must be uploaded as separate PDFs. Inclusion of support letters is encouraged.

If any of the following relationships exist between the nominator and the candidate, you are encouraged to disclose it in your letter of nomination:  family member, spouse, partner; current dean, departmental chair, or postdoctoral or graduate advisor; current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee); research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; work at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution; previous graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in the last five years; or if either are currently serving on the award selection committee for this award.

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Nomination Deadline

Award nominations for the 2023 Julius Axelrod Award are due by Thursday, September 15, 2022.

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
2021Joan Heller Brown
2022Margarita L. Dubocovich



Last Updated: June 28, 2022

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