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UT Austin professor honored by Betty Ford Center for lifelong work in alcoholism research

Dr. Carlton Erickson of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy has been recognized by one of the country’s most respected addiction treatment facilities for his life’s work in the research laboratory and in educating the public concerning alcoholism.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Carlton Erickson of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy has been recognized by one of the country’s most respected addiction treatment facilities for his life’s work in the research laboratory and in educating the public concerning alcoholism.

Erickson will address the Chairman’s Council of the Betty Ford Center on the subject of public policy as it relates to new addiction research at the group’s Feb. 18 meeting in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Erickson, a noted public speaker and researcher in the field of alcohol and drug dependencies, received one of four Visionary Awards presented by the Betty Ford Center in a ceremony in Dallas. Erickson, UT Austin’s Parke-Davis Centennial Professor in Pharmacy, was seated with former U.S. President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford at the event.

In becoming one of the first recipients of the newly created award, Erickson was cited for advancing the study of addiction both through his own research and, most recently, through his efforts to increase public awareness of the latest research findings. He has written extensively for professional journals and produced videotapes for several organizations such as the Ford Center and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He teaches in the division of pharmacology/toxicology.

Other award winners at the November banquet included educator Carl Anderson from Texas Tech University, Cathey Brown co-founder of Rainbow Days Inc. of Dallas and Sarah and Charles Seay, Dallas-area philanthropists.

Erickson’s invitation to speak at the February meeting was issued by Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center’s President John Schwarzlos.

For more information, contact: Vicki B. Matustik, UT Austin College of Pharmacy, (512) 232-1769.