Horace Loh

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Professor, Department of Pharmacology,University of Minnesota Medical School ,Minneapolis, Minnesota


Professor Horace Loh received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1965. Currently he is Regents Professor, Frederick Stark Professor, and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota. He serves as an associate editor of Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology and of Current Opinion in Pharmacology. He has over 590 publications. His professional associations include membership in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Western Pharmacology Society. Dr. Loh has been recognized by the University of Minnesota as a Regents Professor, the first recipient of the Medical School’s Distinguished Senior Scientist Award, and one of the first inductees into the Academic Health Center’s Academy of Excellence. Other honors include the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence; Otto Krayer Award in Pharmacology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Award in Excellence, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation; and Method to Extend Research in Time Award, Research Scientist Award, and Career Development Award, from the National Institutes of Health.

Research Interest

Dr. Horace H. Loh's research interests are in the areas of molecular neuropharmacology and biochemical pharmacology, mainly specializing in the mechanism of narcotic actions and mechanism of tolerance. His detailed studies are in opioid receptor signaling, regulation of receptor activity, receptor gene cloning and receptor gene regulation and the pharmacology of endorphins. During the last decade of research, his research focuses have been on the protein kinases involved in regulating opioid receptor activities and on the transcription regulation of the opioid receptor genes.