A University of Buffalo researcher was recently recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for her cutting-edge research into the disease. Drucy S. Borowitz, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is a recipient of the prestigious Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award — a national recognition, and one of the foundation’s highest honors. The award is named after Dr. Talamo, a renowned pediatrics professor at Johns Hopkins University who went on to chair the department of medicine at Tufts University, and recognizes researchers who have made a substantial impact on cystic fibrosis research.
Dr. Borowitz, who also serves as chief of the pulmonology division at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and as director of its cystic fibrosis (CF) center, won the award in part part due to her leading role “in developing a breakthrough drug approved for treatment of a less common CF gene mutation.” according to a University of Buffalo press release from writer Ellen Goldbaum. “She also is leading a study aimed at understanding factors that interfere with the growth of infants with CF, funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.”
Throughout her career, Dr. Borowitz’ research has contributed to the advancement of many critical breakthroughs into better understanding and treating cystic fibrosis. With a research focus on nutritional and gastrointestinal issues in CF, she served as a principal and co-principal investigator on more than 35 clinical studies over the last two decades, researching cystic fibrosis, and has led the way in encouraging more gastroenterologists to research the disease.
“This year’s honorees have made tremendous progress in improving the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis,” said Preston W. Campbell III, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, of Borowitz and Wayne Morgan, MD, of the University of Arizona, her co-honoree. He added that they are the “epitome of professional excellence and compassionate care.” The awards were presented during the 2013 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Salt Lake City.