Dr William H Dantzler Recipient of the 2013 Berliner Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology from American Physiological Society

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The College of Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. William Dantzler as the 2013 Robert W. Berliner Awardee of the American Physiological Society (APS). The Berliner Award is the most prestigious award of the APS Renal Section. The award recognizes distinguished lifetime achievement in renal physiology research by a living scientist. 

Bill is an outstanding physiologist who has served in major leadership roles within the APS, including APS President and Chair of the Renal and the Water and Electrolyte Sections. 

After graduating from Princeton, Bill received his M.D. from Columbia University in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke in 1964. At Duke he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen, who was the ideal mentor to foster Bill’s research and teaching career. He went directly from her laboratory to an Assistant Professorship in the Pharmacology Department of Columbia, and in 1968 he accepted an Associate Professorship in Physiology at Arizona. Bill chaired the Physiology Department from 1991-2005.

He is especially noted for his research in comparative renal physiology, where he defined the crucial mechanism of urate secretion in reptilian and avian proximal tubules. His work in birds also provided key information that informed our understanding of the role of the loop of Henle in the mammalian kidney. In the early 1970s he was one of the first investigators to isolate and perfuse nephron segments in vitro. By measuring unidirectional fluxes of urate in proximal nephron segments from snake kidneys, Bill characterized the mechanism of active urate secretion, which is essential to both nitrogen excretion and water conservation in reptiles and birds. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters, reviews and similar contributions.

Bill’s research has been recognized by numerous awards, his long standing support from the NIH and NSF, his editorship of AJP: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology, and his herculean task of assembling and editing the Handbook of Comparative Physiology. Given his research accomplishments and contributions to the APS, the Renal Section is honored to recognize Bill with the 2013 Robert W. Berliner Award. Bill will receive his award at the APS Renal Section Banquet, Monday April 21st, 2013 held during the Annual Meeting of Experimental Biology, Boston April 20-25th