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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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Henry Brezenoff, Ph.D.
2007

Distinguished Leadership Award
Dr. Brezenoff received a B.S. degree from Columbia University in 1962 and a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from the New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry in 1968.  Following postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to New Jersey to join the faculty of the department of pharmacology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. 

Dr. Brezenoff's area of research interest and scientific expertise is hypertension and blood pressure regulation by the central nervous system.  He has published numerous papers, book chapters and scientific reviews on these subjects and has trained four doctoral recipients and several postdoctoral fellows.  Dr. Brezenoff has been involved with graduate education since his appointment as Assistant Dean of the UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in 1978.  He served as Acting Dean of the Graduate School from 1997-2007.  During his tenure with GSBS, Dr. Brezenoff distinguished himself as a most effective leader and advocate for the School, shepherding it through a period of unprecedented growth. He forged strong relationships across each of the schools for the benefit of the students of GSBS.  He has been active nationally in postdoctoral affairs, and in 2001 he initiated an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UMDNJ.

Dr. Brezenoff has worked to expand the University's relationships and reputation with many external audiences who share his passion for education and the health sciences.  It is because of this commitment to expanding UMDNJ’s role in shaping tomorrow’s researchers and healthcare providers that he was named to direct the University’s newly established Office of Health Science Outreach and Education.  Dr. Brezenoff also serves as a liaison in promoting interaction between UMDNJ and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, and is a member of the Learning & Teaching Advisory Board of Liberty Science Center.