July 12, 2005

Michael Forster, PhD, professor of pharmacology and neuroscience, and Stephen Weis, DO, professor of internal medicine, were named the 2004-2005 recipients of the Benjamin L. Cohen, DO, Award for Achievement in Faculty Research.

Dr. Forster has been with the health science center for more than 20 years, beginning his career as a postdoctoral fellow. He is now a full professor and associate director for the Institute of Aging and Alzheimerâ??s Disease Research.

His major research interest is in the area of aging and cognitive decline. Dr. Forster has been awarded more than $10 million in extramural funding throughout his career.

Dr. Forster earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and masterâ??s and doctor of philosophy degrees in developmental biopsychology from Bowling Green University in Ohio.

A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dr. Forster currently resides in Fort Worth with his family.

Dr. Weis is a clinician, researcher and educator. He is a professor in internal medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and director of tuberculosis services at the Tarrant County Public Health Department. His work in the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis has received national attention, and he has received more than $7 million in extramural research support for his work.

Dr. Weis earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology and a master of physiology degree from Iowa State University. He also earned a doctor of osteopathy from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Weis currently resides in Fort Worth with his family.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences established the Benjamin L. Cohen, DO, Award for Outstanding Research Achievement in honor of the retired provost of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth who focused his efforts on increasing faculty research efforts at the health science center. The awards were announced at the Graduate Student Association annual awards dinner April 29.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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