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(2–2-07) BOSTON, Mass. — Long before becoming an award-​​winning sci­en­tist, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Vladimir Torchilin exhib­ited the poten­tial to do great things as a teenager in Russia. At only 16 years of age, he gained early admis­sion to Moscow State Uni­ver­sity, where he advanced quickly, earning his under­grad­uate degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in 10 years.

Torchilin pro­gressed in just three years from junior sci­en­tist at Moscow State to senior sci­en­tist at the former Soviet Union’s Academy of Med­ical Sci­ence. During this period, he also became one of the youngest recip­i­ents ever of the pres­ti­gious Lenin Prize in Sci­ence and Technology.

Shortly before the break-​​up of the Soviet Union, Torchilin left Russia in 1990 for the United States, where he held var­ious aca­d­emic and research posi­tions, including a suc­cessful joint appoint­ment with Har­vard Med­ical School and Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital. He now serves as chair of Northeastern’s Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences Depart­ment and director of the Center for Phar­ma­ceu­tical Biotech­nology and Nanomedicine.

Torchilin will add to this impres­sive roster of accom­plish­ments this April in Ams­terdam, where he will accept the pres­ti­gious Research Achieve­ment Award at the 2007 Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences World Con­gress (PSWC), the world’s largest assembly of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­en­tists and pro­fes­sionals. During the event’s opening cer­e­mony, he will be hon­ored by thou­sands of peers for a life­time of sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the global advance­ment of phar­ma­ceu­tical science.

Torchilin’s most recent work involves treating cancer with tiny cap­sules filled with chemotherapy, which are deliv­ered into a tumor’s cells through its blood ves­sels, where they release drugs without dam­aging other parts of the body. He is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for research in drug tar­geting, delivery sys­tems, and nanomed­i­cine, having secured more than 45 patents and pub­lished more than 300 papers, reviews, and book chap­ters, along with eight books.

It is a true honor to be rec­og­nized by the Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences World Con­gress,” said Pro­fessor Torchilin. “At the same time, there is much work to be done. As life expectan­cies increase, impor­tant phar­ma­ceu­tical advances are nec­es­sary for improving quality of life. My goal is to develop more per­fect methods of treat­ment that fight ill­ness with pre­ci­sion, so people can live longer lives in com­fort and good health.”

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.