Thomas Abbruscato

2020 Distinguished Research Award Recipient

Thomas Abbruscato is a university distinguished professor in pharmaceutical sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He also serves as chairperson of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Under Abbruscato’s leadership, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has significantly increased National Institutes of Health-sponsored research for the School of Pharmacy and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. As associate dean, he has expanded the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ doctorate and master’s degree programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s campuses in Amarillo and Abilene, Texas.

Utilizing novel approaches to understand how the brain responds to stroke, Abbruscato and his research team surgically model brain stroke in the search to find new treatment options for stroke patients. Currently, few therapeutic options exist for patients recovering from stroke.

A prolific researcher, Abbruscato’s work has been published in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. He currently serves as principal investigator on three separate National Institutes of Health grants, and his laboratory has obtained more than $8 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, Federal Drug Administration and the American Heart Association. Active in his field, Abbruscato has served as an National Institutes of Health Study Section Member for more than a decade and has chaired the organization’s Drug Discovery for the Nervous System Study Section for 2 years.