College of Medicine

College of Medicine researcher elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

November 24, 2015

Samba Reddy, Ph.D., R.Ph., professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and National Institute of Health (NIH) CounterACT Investigator at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Reddy earned this prestigious honor on account of his scientifically and socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. Since 1962, only 26 other current or former Texas A&M faculty members have been inducted as AAAS Fellows.

Reddy is honored by AAAS specifically for “pioneering contributions to the field of pharmacology as exemplified by sustained discoveries of substantial impact in medical/pharmaceutical sciences.”

Reddy helped discover many preclinical models, novel mechanism-based treatment strategies, and successful “first-in-class” medicines for complex brain disorders such as epilepsy, brain injury and chemical neurotoxicity. His work for the past two decades has contributed greatly to fundamental understanding of epilepsy neuroscience. His translational research has resulted in exceptional advances in the field, including two lead compounds advancing into the clinical stage. Reddy also introduced the neurosteroid replacement therapy for epilepsy. In addition, his invention of specific neurotoxic countermeasures has national significance in the biodefense field.

“I am honored to be elected to the rank of an AAAS Fellow. The success of innovative therapies for epilepsy made in my lab has truly been a team effort with many of my talented younger colleagues,” Reddy said, who has received many scientific awards for his career, including the coveted Fellow title from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in 2014.

Reddy earned his pharmacy and doctorate degrees from Kakatiya University and Panjab University in India. He spent three years at the NIH as a Postdoctoral Fellow and six years at North Carolina State before joining Texas A&M in 2008.

“Congratulations to Dr. Reddy on this achievement to be an AAAS Fellow. This is a truly fantastic honor. We are very proud of him and thank him for all he do for us and society,” said Karan Watson, Ph.D., provost and executive vice-president of Texas A&M University.

“It is highly gratifying to have Dr. Reddy receive this high honor bestowed by AAAS, one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim senior vice president for the Texas A&M Health Science Center and interim dean of the College of Medicine. “The Fellow designation is a well-deserved recognition for his exceptional academic accomplishments. I heartily congratulate Dr. Reddy and commend him for contributing to Texas A&M’s excellence in research, teaching and service.”

The 2015 class of AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the “News & Notes” section of the November 27 edition of the journal Science. Reddy will be inducted as an AAAS Fellow and presented with an official certificate on Saturday, February 13 at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

To learn more about the American Association for the Advancement of Science, visit http://www.aaas.org/.

— Katherine Hancock

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