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FIC Member Douglas Kinghorn Named Distinguished Scholar

kinghornFood Innovation Center member A. Douglas Kinghorn, PhD, DSc, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award. The award was given by Ohio State president Michael Drake, provost Bruce McPheron, vice president of Research Carol Whitacre, senior associate vice president of Research Janet Weisenberger, and previous Distinguished Scholar Award recipient Wolfgang Sadee at a surprise presentation earlier this month.  

Established in 1978, The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research. The award is supported by the Office of Research. Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including several past recipients of the award. Distinguished Scholars receive a $3,000 honorarium and a research grant of $20,000 to be used over the next three years. The honor is the second for the College of Pharmacy, with the first being awarded to Ching-Shih Chen in 2010. 

Kinghorn, the Jack L. Beal Chair of Natural Products  Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at the college, is an internationally renowned researcher, teacher and scholar in pharmacognosy, the field of developing new medicines from plants or other natural sources. Kinghorn’s research focuses on the extraction, isolation and structural characterization of novel molecules from higher plants to aid cancer prevention and the development of anti-cancer therapies and plant-based high-potency, non-caloric sweeteners.

Kinghorn’s research has resulted in over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 51 review articles in prestigious publications such as Science, Cancer Research, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Natural Products, Phytochemistry and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. He has co-edited 17 books, 75 book chapters and holds 15 patents.

His research has received continuous support from the National Institutes of Health since 1980. His national and international awards and honors include Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

According to one colleague, “Professor Kinghorn’s scientific and editorial contributions to the fields of pharmacognosy and natural products drug discovery are coupled with his strong and lasting commitment to teaching and mentorship. There are very few professors of his caliber and he has brought distinction to himself, his laboratory and students, as well as to the university and academic communities.”

Kinghorn received his BPharm from the University of Bradford, U.K.; his MSc from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.; and his PhD and DSc from the University of London, U.K. He joined Ohio State in 2004.