Marilyn Morris receives 2018 AAPS Distinguished Service Award

By Kara Sweet

Published August 8, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Marilyn Morris, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Distinguished Service Award.


The AAPS Distinguished Service Award brings recognition and public appreciation to an AAPS member for a lifetime of service to the organization. Distinguished Service Award recipients have demonstrated the inclusive, collaborative volunteer leadership that AAPS values and depends on.

She will be recognized at the AAPS Annual Meeting in November in Washington, DC.

A UB faculty member since 1985, Morris is one of the world’s preeminent scholars in the areas of drug membrane transport, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. She is widely recognized for her groundbreaking discoveries regarding the role of dietary flavonoids in drug interaction and drug resistance—research with enormous implications for patient care and drug therapy, particularly in the treatment of cancer.

Morris is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism; Francis Dudley Meyer Award for Breast Cancer Research from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation; the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity; the AAPS Innovation in Biotechnology Award; and the 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Manitoba.

Morris is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, for which she is also past president. She is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Panel for Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and an elected member of the executive committee of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.