Society recognizes Gilman for scientific contributions

Dr. Alfred Gilman, chairman of pharmacology and interim dean of Southwestern Medical School, was honored recently by the Dallas Historical Society for his contributions to the health and science community.

He was one of nine people recognized at a Nov. 9 luncheon with an Award for Excellence in Community Service, an annual award that acknowledges service in various categories.

Dr. Gilman, who earned the 1994 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work with proteins that serve as a crucial part of cell communication networks, said he has received immeasurable support from the UT System, UT Southwestern and the citizens of Dallas, where he and his family have lived for 23 years.

"Ten years ago I was incredibly fortunate to receive a call from the curators of the Nobel Prizes," Dr. Gilman said upon accepting his award from the historical society. "And while it's always nice to receive a call from Stockholm, it's especially nice to be recognized at home. We live here; we work here; our friends and families are here."

Dr. Gilman is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many duties, he serves with other distinguished faculty members on the selection committee for the UT Southwestern Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science, a one-of-a-kind effort to recruit and nurture promising young investigators who will make the medical breakthroughs of the future.

Dr. Gilman is director of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational and Systems Biology and holder of the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science, the Raymond Willie and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Molecular Neuropharmacology, in honor of Harold B. Crasilneck, Ph.D., and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.