In recognition of Professor Hülya Bayır, MD’s, national and international prominence as an outstanding scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, she is the recipient of a 2018 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award. Her award is in the Senior Scholar category, which honors a faculty member who has an outstanding and continuing record of research and scholarly activity. She is one of only five faculty members at the University to receive the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award this year. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and a grant of $3,000 to support her research.
“This is a prestigious and richly deserved award,” said Derek Angus, MD, MPH and Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, noting that “Hülya Bayır is an innovative physician-scientist and she’s an exceptional role model and mentor to junior faculty and fellows in our Pediatric Critical Care Division.”
Dr. Bayır, whose work specializes in the fields of pediatric neurocritical care, traumatic and ischemic brain injury, and redox biology fields, plans to use her award as seed money to investigate novel therapies targeting ferroptotic death.
Respected as a thought leader in her field, Dr. Bayır exemplifies today’s elite physician-scientist. In her research, she has established new methodologies of applying oxidative lipidomics to both in vitro and in vivo experimental models, and human brain injury, while also providing high-quality care as an attending physician on both the Pediatric Critical Care and Neurocritical Care services at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has over I00 peer-reviewed published papers, 35 invited reviews and editorials, and 15 book chapters, with numerous publications in top-tier journals such as Cell, Nature Neuroscience, and Nature Chemical Biology. Dr. Bayır is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, a premier research society for physician-scientists. She is Director of Research and Associate Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Associate Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, and in the Graduate School of Public Health she is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Associate Director of the Center for Free Radical and Antioxidant Health.