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News from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Holly Brown-Borg named Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

brown-borgHolly Brown-Borg, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished contributions to the biology of aging.

Brown-Borg is an expert on aging, endocrinology, metabolism, and oxidative stress. She has dedicated her career to determining how the pathways and mechanisms that hormones utilize may suggest potential therapeutic interventions that could lead to strategies to delay aging, treat aging-related disorders, and extend life span in humans.

A graduate of the North Carolina State University doctoral program in physiology, she has more than 100 publications to her name.

“I am truly honored to become a Fellow of the AAAS,” said Brown-Borg. “As a scientist, I have had the great fortune of pursuing what I love: a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms of aging. Nearly every living organism ages and we don’t fully understand the processes that impact health, aging, and longevity. I deeply appreciate those who contributed to my career and nominated me for this honor.”

In addition to being named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 2010, Brown-Borg has won several other awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the American Aging Association, the UND Foundation Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research in 2013, the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research in 2018, and several SMHS Outstanding Block Instructor awards.

She will be one of 416 AAAS Fellows in 2018 who will be announced in the Nov. 29 issue of Science.

“These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished,” noted an AAAS news release. They will be presented with an official certificate and pin on Feb. 16 during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members. The honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.