Sean Hennessy, PharmD, PhD, an LDI Senior Fellow and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has won the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ (ASCPT) William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology.

Presented at the ASCPT’s recent annual meeting, the award recognizes scientists who have improved clinical care or therapies for older adults through research and honors an investigator in geriatric clinical pharmacology for outstanding contributions to the field.

Sean Hennessy

The 124-year-old organization has 3,000 members and is the largest scientific and professional group for the disciplines of clinical pharmacology and translational science.

Established with support from the Merck Company Foundation in 1996, the award is named for a past president of ASCPT and Merck scientist who created ASCPT’s Scientific Section on Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology and developed and funded postdoctoral training programs in the field.

Hennessy is a Professor of Epidemiology and of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the Perelman School of Medicine.

He researchers the health effects of drugs and other medical products in populations. His recent studies have focused on the serious health consequences of drug interactions involving high-risk drugs including anticoagulants, anti-diabetes drugs, and anti-platelet agents. The work has produced actionable knowledge about the cardiovascular safety of many widely used drugs for mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia.

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