Professor Cadenas is Knighted at the Luxembourg Palace in France

Portrait of Dr. CadenasOn September 3, at the Luxembourg Palace in Paris, the seat of the French Senate, Enrique Cadenas, the Charles Krown/Alumni Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, was pronounced a Knight by an Order of the French Republic.

Professor Cadenas was decorated as a Chevalier (Knight) of the l’Ordre national du Merite (National Order of Merit), which recognizes French nationals and citizens of other countries and is among the highest civilian honors awarded in France.

Cadenas, professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said: “Today we live in a truly global community where international collaborations foster extraordinary discovery and development of solutions for problems facing our world. This great honor truly signifies the enduring scientific progress that our two nations have together made possible.”

“I am grateful to many colleagues who have contributed to my work over the years, especially my French colleagues, Josiane and Pierre Cillard, Bertrand Friguet and Luc Montagnier,” Cadenas added. “I am also grateful for the extraordinary support I have received from USC School of Pharmacy dean R. Pete Vanderveen, vice dean for research Sarah Hamm-Alvarez and Board of Councilor member Gale Bensussen, all of whom have steadfastly supported my work.”

Also knighted at the ceremony was Kelvin Davies, James E. Birren Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Among those attending the ceremony were Dean R. Pete Vanderveen, Associate Dean Michael Wincor and Adjunct Professors Helmut Sies and Lester Packer.