WVU Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Center for Neurosciences Professor James Simpkins, Ph.D., is one of four West Virginia University professors selected as this year’s Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholars 2014-2015.

Dr. Simpkins will receive $5,000 in professional support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Endowment at WVU. The award, given this year in all four categories – behavioral and social sciences, biosciences and health sciences, humanities and the arts, and physical sciences and technology – honors excellent faculty doing creative research at the University.

Simpkins, director of the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research, is focused on discovering novel compounds for the treatment of stroke and age-related brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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