Professor Walter F. Boron

Walter F. Boron can succinctly be characterised as a very successful scientist. He has helped to establish partnerships between researchers at Aarhus University and leading universities in the USA, helping to put Aarhus University on the world map.

Walter F. Boron is professor at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. His field of research is the transport of acid-base molecules across cell membranes. According to Allan Flyvbjerg, who is the Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter F. Boron has made a number of very high quality original observations, which have influenced the contemporary view of key physiological mechanisms, and formed the basis for the development of new medicine.

"Walter F. Boron’s innovative thinking has led to an understanding of the body's acid-base regulation. He has inspired many researchers at Aarhus University, and the cooperation that has taken place over the last 15 years between Professor Boron and these researchers has been particularly valuable and has resulted in numerous joint publications," says Allan Flyvbjerg.

Professor Boron has published a large number of scientific articles and he has also been chief editor of the widely used physiology textbook Medical Physiology, which has been especially praised for its very pedagogical approach to physiology’s difficult concepts. Walter F. Boron has also taken on editorial tasks for some of the best scientific journals within the field of physiology.

Walter F. Boron was educated at Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. He has visited Aarhus University six times, most recently as keynote speaker in connection with Health’s PhD Day in January.

CURRICULUM VITAE
Professor, Case Western Reserve University

EDUCATION:
A.B. Summa cum laude, 1971, Saint Louis University, Chemistry
M.D., 1977, Washington University (St. Louis)
Ph.D., 1977, Washington University, Physiology and Biophysics

ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
1977 – 1978: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
1978 – 1980: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
1980 – 1984: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
1984 – 1987: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
1987 – 2007: Professor, Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medi-cine, New Haven, Connecticut
2007 – present: Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleve-land, Ohio

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS:
1987 – 1989: Director of Medical Studies, Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
1989 – 1998: Chairman, Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medi-cine, New Haven, Connecticut
2003 – 2007: Principal Investigator of Program Project Grant DK17433
2007 – present: David N. & Inez Myers/Antonio Scarpa, MD, PhD Chairman, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Marcus Award (undergraduate research in chemistry), 1971
Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, Beta Beta Beta
Grass Foundation MBL Fellow, 1975
Sigma Xi
NIH Research Service Award (postdoctoral fellowship), 1977 – 1980
Searle Scholar, 1981 – 1984
NIH Research Career Development Award, 1983 – 1988
Young Investigator Award, American Society of Nephrology & American Heart Association, 1986
Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Award, Yale University School of Medicine, 1993
Robert F. Pitts Lecture and Award, Renal Commission of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, 1993
Carl W. Gottschalk Lecture and Award, Renal Section of the American Physiological Society, 1998
Elected Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 1998
NIH "MERIT" Award (NIDDK), 2002-2011
Homer Smith Award, American Society of Nephrology, 2005
Sharpey-Schafer Award, The Physiological Society (London), 2008
PROSE (Professional and Scholarly Excellence) Award for the journal
Physiologyin category "Journal, Best Design in Print," Association of American Publishers, 2009
Palade Gold Medal (shared with William Catterall and Richard Tsien), Wayne State University, 2010
Ray G. Daggs Award, American Physiological Society, 2011
British Medical Association Certificate of Honor (shared with E.L. Boulpaep & Elsevier) for Medical Physiology Updated 2nd Edition in category "Basic and Clinical Sciences" of BMA Medical Book Awards, 2012