UMD professor named Maryland Chemist of the Year

BALTIMORE — A University of Maryland pharmacy professor won top honors last week for his work developing a means of measuring oxygen levels in the brain, the university said Monday.

The state chapter of the American Chemical Society named Gerald Rosen its Maryland Chemist of the Year. Rosen and colleagues are developing real-time electron paramagnetic resonance imaging, or EPRI, to measure critical oxygen levels in stroke and tumor patients and to improve drug development.

The technology is based on organic compounds called nitroxides, which Rosen has spent his career synthesizing in search of a way to use them for studying physiology in targeted parts of the body.

“Dr. Rosen’s groundbreaking work to develop real-time imaging of brain function after a stroke or other events offers medicine an unprecedented new tool for evaluating and potentially treating brain injury,” UMD school of pharmacy dean Natalie Eddington said.

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