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News Release

Date: 5/09/08

ATSU-KCOM professor named Fulbright scholar

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Richard Cenedella, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), is a Fulbright scholar to Bahrain and is the first faculty member from the Founding School to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.

One of approximately 800 professionals and scholars selected each year, Dr. Cenedella will teach and continue his research into statins and the formation of cataracts during his six–month tenure as a faculty member in biology at the University of Bahrain.

As a representative to Bahrain, he will help fulfill the principal purpose of the Fulbright Program, which is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in the more than 155 countries that currently participate in the program.

“These are critical times for our country and its world position, and it’s an honor to represent the country in a positive way and build relationships,” he said. “It’s an exciting and humbling undertaking. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” His vision was approved by Congress, and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.

Dr. Cenedella was notified of his selection as a Fulbright scholar by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which is a Presidentially appointed 12-member board responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the program and the selection of recipients. The grant is made possible through funds appropriated annually by Congress and contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State oversees Fulbright programs throughout the world.

By his selection, Dr. Cenedella joins the ranks of distinguished Fulbright alumni, who include heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Thirty-seven Fulbrighters have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, more than 286,500 Fulbrighters – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – have participated in the program.

Dr. Richard Cenedella, Ph.D.

ATSU’s first Fulbright scholar can cite a lifetime of awards and achievements, including:

  • 30 years as chair of the department of Biochemistry at KCOM
  • 44 years teaching experience
  • At least five teaching awards
  • 35 years NIH support
  • 29 years of consecutive NIH support in the area of vision and formation of cataracts
  • 1989 Fogarty International Senior Scholar
  • 2006 KOAA (Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association) Living Tribute Award winner
  • More than 100 publications and an equal number of abstracts

In addition, Dr. Cenedella:

  • Spent nine years in Pharmacology at West Virginia University
  • Is a Pennsylvania native
  • Shares three children and nine grandchildren with his wife, Andi, of 44 years
  • Belongs to numerous organizations, committees, and societies
  • Joined KCOM in 1976 as professor and chair of Biochemistry
  • Received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University (’61) and Ph.D. from The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia (’66)



Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the Postgraduate School of Osteopathic Clinical Research.