AUHS Professor Dr. Okezie I. Aruoma honored by the American Black-Health-Systems Pharmacists
2012-08-01 · By Editor
Okezie I. Aruoma Ph.D., D.Sc., Chair of Global Research and Education, Chair of the AUHS Institutional Review Board and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the American University of Health Sciences in Signal Hill, California, was honored with the 2012 Research and Publication Achievement Award from the American Black-Health-Systems Pharmacists for outstanding meritorious achievements in pharmaceutical sciences and his ongoing pursuit of excellence. Dr. Aruoma’s award-winning research is focused on food biofactors, oxidative stress mechanisms, antioxidant pharmacology and the pharmaceutical indications of food biofactors as prophylactic agents. Dr. Aruoma’s expertise is directed at developing promising portfolio of biomarkers, food/pharmaceutical safety and regulation and nutraceuticals/pharmaceutical agents that have the potential to provide early diagnostic and preventative treatment for acute and chronic diseases with overt inflammation including diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
“The outcome of Dr. Aruoma’s recent published clinical trials using tea and fermented papaya preparation may benefit persons at high risk of cardiovascular events and that this may augment drug therapy. We are extremely proud of Dr. Aruoma, as his work emulates the principles of academic excellence and caring for others that are at the foundation of this University” said Pastor Gregory Johnson, Founder and Vice Chairman of AUHS’ Board of Trustee’s.
The Association of Black-Health-Systems Pharmacists (ABHP) was founded in December 1978 and is the professional organization that represents black and minority health-system pharmacists. ABHP is dedicated to the growth and development of pharmacy practice in health care facilities and strives to support the goals of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Their Research and Publication Achievement Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding, meritorious achievements in basic pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy practice, and economic, social and administrative sciences.
At American University of Health Sciences, Dr. Okezie Aruoma, is part of the leadership team developing the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Aruoma was part of the leadership team to develop an innovative Doctor of Pharmacy program at Touro College of Pharmacy, New York, and served as the first Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Aruoma has been an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Mauritius, a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University in Korea, and a Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University. He previously held senior research positions at Imperial College and King’s College in London. He was awarded the 3rd Goodman Fielder Orator award in Australia in 1997 for his lecture on “Food Antioxidants and International Health” and the Brain Pool Award for International Scientists from the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.
Dr. Aruoma was awarded an MBA in business administration from the University of Warwick Business School, a PhD in biochemistry and MSc in biopharmacy from King’s College London, a DSc (Doctor of Science) in medical biochemistry from the University of London, and a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Sussex. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci) of the Science Council, UK.