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In Brief

Benjamin Cravatt Named 2017 Winner of the Robert M. Scarborough Award

Benjamin Cravatt, professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and co-chair of the TSRI Department of Molecular Medicine, has been selected by the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as the 2017 winner of the Robert M. Scarborough Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry.

Cravatt’s research uses chemical biology and proteomic methods to elucidate the functions of biochemical pathways in human physiology and disease. This knowledge is then used to develop selective chemical probes to control the function of these pathways and to serve as leads for novel therapeutics.

“Professor Cravatt’s research has combined innovative technology development and basic discovery to achieve remarkable advances in our understanding of enzyme function in biological systems,” said Dale Boger, Richard and Alice Cramer Professor of Chemistry and co-chair of the TSRI Department of Chemistry. “His research has not only enriched our understanding of the role that enzymes play in mammalian physiology and disease, and led to the development of drug candidates that are under current clinical investigation for the treatment of human disorders, but it has changed the everyday workflow of traditional medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. It is terrific that this has been recognized with his receipt of the ACS Robert M. Scarborough Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry.”

Named in memory of Robert M. Scarborough, medicinal chemist and inventor of the drugs Natrecor® and Integrilin®, this distinction is intended to recognize those who have had leading roles in the discovery of novel therapeutic agents, as well as those who have made significant scientific discoveries that enhance the field of medicinal chemistry. Cravatt will present his research at the Fall ACS National Meeting, where he will receive a commemorative plaque and honorarium.

 For more information on Cravatt’s work, please visit his faculty webpage and lab website.

New Library Resources for 2017

The Kresge Library is pleased to announce access to new and frequently requested journals, trials and software updates in 2017.

New Journals


Plus, the library will offer trial access to JoVE Medicine for 2017.

For more information on these or any other library resources or services, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or

Laura Bohn to Present Faculty Lecture on February 8

Laura Bohn, professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics & Neuroscience on the Florida campus of TSRI, will continue the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 8, with a presentation titled “Refining Opioid Receptor Signaling to Improve the Therapeutic Index.” 

The lecture will begin at 4 PM in the Committee Lecture Hall in the Skaggs/Molecular Biology Building (MBB2N), followed by a reception in the Beckman Building first-floor galleria.

For further information, see the Faculty Lecture Series webpage. The series is supported by an endowment from the Cochrane-Cartan families, established by TSRI Professor Emeritus Charles G. Cochrane.

TSRI to Present the Bernard Fields Lectures on February 7

The TSRI California community is invited to attend the 2017 Bernard Fields Lectures on Microbial Pathogenesis on Tuesday, February 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Committee Lecture Hall, Skaggs Institute / Molecular Biology Building.

Speaker Dorian McGavern, senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will present “Real-Time Insights into Regulation and Function of Pathogen-Specific Immunity.” Speaker Herbert W. Virgin IV, Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Immunology and professor of molecular microbiology and medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, will present work on the “Role of Autophagy and Autophagy Genes in Inflammation and Immunity.”

The event will be hosted by TSRI Professor Michael B. A. Oldstone. A reception will follow in the TSRI Faculty Club immediately after the lectures. For more information, contact Gay Wilkins-Blade at This lecture series is sponsored by the Bernard Fields Memorial Lecture Fund, The Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc Lecture Fund and the Pathogenesis Affinity Group.

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Benjamin Cravatt, professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and co-chair of the TSRI Department of Molecular Medicine. (Photo by BioMedical Graphics.)