Dr. Thomas H. Maren (1918-1999) was the first chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Florida. He came to UF in 1955, shortly before the first medical school class entered the University of Florida College of Medicine. He remained chairman until 1978, and he continued to work as a graduate research professor until his death in 1999. Dr. Maren was a devoted scientist and teacher who was known for his love of both science and the humanities.
The purpose of the Thomas H. Maren Junior Investigators Endowed Research Fund is two-fold. The fund supports junior investigators in the College of Medicine with the talents and inclinations to pursue a career of scientific discovery. The fund also provides supplemental funding for promising post-doctoral fellows research projects in the College of Medicine as a transition to scientific independence. The funding awards alternate each year between junior investigators and postdoctoral fellows.