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RuffoloAward Description

The Robert R. Ruffolo Career Achievement Award in Pharmacology was established in 2011 in recognition of the contributions made to drug discovery and development by Dr. Ruffolo. The award recognizes the scientific achievements of scientists who are at the height of their careers (typically mid- to late-career) and who have made significant contributions to any area of pharmacology.

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

  • A $2,500 honorarium
  • A commemorative medal
  • Complimentary registration and travel expenses for the winner and spouse to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting


  • The candidate need not be a member of the Society.
  • The nomination must be made by an ASPET member.
  • 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.
  • Members of the Awards Committee are not eligible to be nominated for an award. If nominated for an award, an Awards Committee member must stand down for that year and be replaced by a temporary member chosen by the Awards Committee Chair and approved by the Awards Committee.

Criteria and Selection

  • The award shall be made on the basis of the originality and impact of the nominee's accomplishments 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 Awards Portal by logging into 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. The most impactful papers should be mentioned in the nomination and the URLs provided.
  4. A letter of nomination with a summary that describes the importance of the candidate's work and his/her seminal discovery (in up to 1000 words in PDF.)

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

Nominations open July 15, 2024. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 2, 2024. 

Award Recipients 

2012Robert J. Lefkowitz 
2013Pancras C. Wong
2014Ferdinando Nicoletti
2015Heidi Hamm
2016William A. Catterall
2017Donald P. McDonnell 
2018Raymond J. Dingledine
2019Palmer W. Taylor
2020Joan Heller Brown
2021Nicola J. Curtin
2022Jin Zhang
2023David R. Sibley 
2024Lisa Cassis



Last Updated: June 25, 2024

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