Joseph P. and Harriet K. Gilmore Award

About the Award:

The Joseph P. and Harriet K. Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award was originally named for Joseph Gilmore, PhD, who served as professor and chairman of the UNMC Department of Physiology and Biophysics from 1970 to 1987. Dr. Gilmore died in 2007 at age 78.

In 2016, the award was re-named to also honor Dr. Gilmore's wife, Harriet. Joe and Harriet were lifelong companions who grew up together in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Gilmore elevated the level of cardiovascular and renal research at UNMC to world-class levels and obtained the first NIH training grant at UNMC.

After the Gilmores married, Harriet supported Joe through graduate and postgraduate school while raising four children. She was dedicated to UNMC, opening her home to physiology graduate students, faculty and staff. Harriet was a docent and hospital volunteer for many years. She died in 2015 at age 87. She and Joe were married for 57 years.

2020 Award:

Gurudutt Pendyala, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, received the 2020 Joseph P. and Harriet K. Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award. The award presentation and symposium took place Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Conference Room 101. Dr. Pendyala discussed his research in a lecture titled, "Up with Hope - Down with Dope. Drugs: An Equal Opportunity Destroyer." More about the symposium can be found here.


Dean Bradley Britigan MD, Steven Lisco, MD, Gurudutt Pendyala, PhD, and Howard Fox, MD, PhD