Dr. Murphy awarded Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. MurphyStephanie Murphy, VMD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM), was awarded the 2011 Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award at the recent American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Annual Meeting. Dr. Murphy has a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Medicine in OHSU's Research Development and Administration.

“I am very honored to have been selected for what is considered to be the most distinguished award within the fields of laboratory animal science and comparative medicine,” said Dr. Murphy.

The Brewer Award was established in 1994 in honor of Nathan R. Brewer, DVM, PhD, first president and a founding father of AALAS, to recognize individuals who made major and repeated scientific contributions to comparative medicine and laboratory animal science.

“Dr. Stephanie Murphy demonstrates commitment to advancing science through her individual research endeavors,” said Ann Turner, PhD, CAE, Executive Director, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. “Concomitantly, she is dedicated to enhancing quality research through training others in surgical training for research animal models and oversight of the surgical services at OHSU. The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is proud to honor her with the prestigious Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award.”

Dr. Murphy joined APOM in 2003 and is the Director of the APOM Core Animal Laboratories and Training. Her current research interests include investigating the role of sex steroids in perioperative stroke outcomes using a mouse model of anesthetic preconditioning and experimental stroke, developmental mechanisms of sex-specific ischemic sensitivity in neonatal brain, the effects of perinatal ethanol exposure on neonatal and adult brain neuroadaptation and ischemic brain susceptibility, and sex differences in the effects of moderate and excessive alcohol intake on adult stroke outcomes.

"This well-deserved award validates what we, who work closely with Dr. Murphy, knew all along regarding her research excellence and dedication to science in general and laboratory animal medicine in particular,” said Nabil Alkayed, Professor and Vice Chair for Research in APOM. “Over the years, Dr. Murphy, who is trained in both veterinary medicine and neuroscience, has excelled in both disciplines, and has made significant contributions as a scientist and veterinarian, and has very effectively bridged and advanced laboratory animal science, comparative medicine and the neurobiology of stroke.”