USC Davis School of Gerontology professor Kelvin J. A. Davies began the new year on a professional high, winning the Biennial Award from the European Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR Europe).
The organization’s top award will be presented to Davies at the 16th biennial meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research International (SFRRI) in London this fall.
“I must say that this took me completely by surprise – I had not even considered this award, which usually goes to scientists who are actually working in Europe,” Davies said. “On the other hand, I do have a lot of European collaborators and, of course, I am an Englishman.”
Consisting of a medal, a financial reward and an invitation to present the prestigious SFRR Europe Biennial Lecture, the award honors Davies’ lifetime of work as one of the most distinguished researchers in the field.
His research centers on the role of free radicals and oxidative stress in aging, and he is particularly interested in the protective roles of proteolytic enzymes and genes required for adaptation to oxidative stress.
At USC Davis, Davies’ lab currently is attempting to define a more molecular underpinning for the Free Radical Theory of Aging by analyzing how a human’s ability to adapt to oxidative stress declines over time.
“We are immensely proud of Dr. Davies’ professional accomplishments and international reputation,” said Gerald C. Davison, dean of USC Davis. “This award reaffirms his role – and that of our school – as leaders in the science of aging on a global scale.”
Davies holds the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology, with a joint appointment in molecular biology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
A former president of SFRR International and its American subsidiary, the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Davies also has won the society’s Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, as well as its Distinguished Service Award. Even with all of the accolades he has earned over the years, however, this honor is particularly meaningful to Davies.
“I gratefully thank my colleagues in SFRR Europe for giving me this award,” he said. “Their approbation means a great deal to me.”
The SFRRI’s biennial meeting will be held Sept. 6-9 at Imperial College, London. Davies will receive his award and deliver his lecture, “A Radical View of Adaptation and Aging,” at the Royal Institution in London.