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Dr. Jeevendra Martyn Receives 2010 Excellence in Research Award

Jeevendra Martyn

Dr. Jeevendra Martyn received the 2010 Excellence in Research Award at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting in October. The highly competitive award is given once a year to one individual.

The award, presented by the ASA, recognizes scientific endeavors that have improved a given population and has implications for the care of other groups of patients, Dr. Martyn said.

"My work involves critical illness of burns and using burn injury as a paradigm of critical illness, but it has applications to other forms of inflammation and critical illness and ICU-type patients," he said.

In a September 2010 article in Anesthesiology, department chief Dr. Jeanine Wiener-Kronish praised Dr. Martyn's expertise and accomplishments: "He has revolutionized the care of burn patients... He is a world authority on disease-induced up-regulation and down-regulation of the acetylcholine receptor in muscle and its interaction with agonist and antagonist drugs, specifically muscle relaxants. He has contributed most of what we know about the molecular mechanisms of critical illness-induced insulin resistance, with the therapeutic goal of correcting the muscle wasting and associated disuse-induced muscle atrophy. Finally, he is the world's leading authority on the clinical therapeutics of critically ill burned patients," she said.

Dr. Martyn said he was "very much humbled" by the award. He thanked Dr. Wiener-Kronish and previous chiefs Dr. Richard Kitz and Dr. Warren Zapol for their guidance. The supportive environment for research at MGH has been superlative throughout these years, he said. He also expressed gratitude to his family.

"I am also indebted to my peers and my students who taught me so much and critiqued my work," Dr. Martyn said.

"Interaction is very important — to listen to people around you. That's how mentoring and teaching and learning should be," he said.

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Faculty profile: Dr. Jeevendra Martyn

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