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Schultz receives international honor in Thailand for pioneering ORT research

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Dr. Stanley Schultz, a longtime investigator, educator, and administrator at the Medical School, on Jan. 31 received a prestigious international award for pioneering research that led to the development of oral rehydration therapy (ORT).

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand presented Schultz with the annual Prince Mahidol Award for Medicine at the Grand Palace's Chakri Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand.

Schultz is this year's only recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award in the field of medicine. Three others received Prince Mahidol Awards in the field of public health. All were recognized for work they did in the 1960s and 1970s to promote the discovery, introduction, and widespread use of oral rehydration therapy. The simple, inexpensive treatment for severe diarrhea is estimated to have saved more than 40 million lives in the past 30 years.

The award acknowledges outstanding performance and/or research for the benefit of mankind and is named after Thai Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the father of King Bhumibol.

Nobel laureate Dr. Ferid Murad, the John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Physiology and Medicine, and Dr. Norman Weisbrodt, professor and interim chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, nominated Schultz for the honor.

Schultz was one of 59 nominated from 29 countries this year.

-M. Raine

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