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May 23, 2012

SIU Med School Announces Three Research Awards

Three research awards have been announced by the Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

The Satu M. Somani Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Rachel A. Redenius, a 2012 graduate from Sherman. The cash award is presented to a senior medical student for outstanding performance in pharmacology and therapeutics. Redenius is the daughter of David and Paula Redenius of Sherman. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Bradley University in Peoria (2008). The Somani award was established in memory of Satu M. Somani, Ph.D., who was an SIU professor of pharmacology and toxicology from 1974 until his death in 2002.

The Barbara L. Armour Memorial Award was presented to Stacey Krager, a researcher in SIU’s pharmacology department, who has been on the SIU staff since 2007. The award is presented to recognize excellence, dedication and contributions to scientific research. She received the award for her work in the laboratory of Shelley Tischkau, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology. Krager and her husband, Paul, have four children. They reside in Farmersville. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois Springfield (1999). The Armour Award was established in memory of Barbara Lawhorn Armour, a pharmacology researcher, who died in 1995.

The Hemal Vakharia Memorial Award was presented to Tejbeer Kaur, Ph.D., an SIU 2012 graduate, for her work in pharmacology. The award is presented to a student who has provided outstanding contributions to research. Kaur received the award for her work in the laboratory of Vickram Ramkumar, Ph.D., SIU associate professor of pharmacology. Kaur is the daughter of S. B. Singh and Narinder Kaur of New Delhi, India. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and master’s in pharmacology at the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research in New Delhi, India (2005, 2008). The award was established in memory of Hemal Vakharia, a summer help student who died in an automobile accident in 1992.

Established in 1970, the SIU School of Medicine is based in Springfield and Carbondale. The medical school’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. SIU’s research efforts cover a wide range of basic and clinical sciences. Currently more than 255 research projects funded by outside organizations, primarily federal agencies, are underway in 100-plus laboratories. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or go online, www.siumed.edu.

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