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gin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">“Though Jim will characterize himself as our resident curmudgeon, he is in fact the consummate collaborator and educator, and his own research has driven new insights into the body’s reaction to materials used in medical devices that have guided a whole generation of innovators to safer, more effective treatments,” said School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis. “His students are distinguished, independent scientists, and his collaborators are the who’s who of American medicine—and his own work is stellar and a driver of today’s medical advances.”

A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Anderson is a sought-after consultant to the Federal Drug Administration and NIH as well as medical device and pharmaceutical companies. He has won numerous national and international awards, including an honorary degree from the University of Geneva, the 2005 Elsevier Gold Medal, the 2006 Chugai Mentoring Award from the American Society of Pathology and a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Above all his personal accomplishments, Anderson is most proud of the students who have come through his laboratory and what they have achieved. He hopes it was their experience in his laboratory that taught them about making it in the real world.

“I expect my students in my laboratory to collaborate between themselves. I set up projects so that’s what occurs,” Anderson said. “Because when they leave the sheltered environment of the university, they’re going to have to communicate and collaborate. That’s reality; that’s real life.”