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The 2014 LCGC Awards (Part 1)


The Column
Volume 10, Issue 8, pp. 23-28

Contributions to the Field: Beyond his work in academia and commercial start-ups, Regnier has also contributed to the scientific community as a whole through his involvement in various boards, organizing committees, and journals. He has been on the editorial boards of 13 journals, including LCGC North America since its inception in 1983 as LC Magazine, and LCGC Europe. Regnier has also published more than 300 journal articles, two books, more than 30 book chapters, and more than 70 review papers.

Regnier explained that researchers in academia have a contract with society in which society provides money to examine scientific problems and, in turn, academics have an obligation to share what they find with society. "I view our relationship with the American taxpayer as a collaboration for which I am enormously grateful," he said. Regnier also described his role as peer-reviewer of manuscripts as "trying to help people improve the presentation of their work to society in the form of a publication".


Figure 4: The chairmen at the 2nd ISPPP conference in December 1982, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. From left to right: Jan-Christer Janson, Tim Wehr, Klaus Unger, Milton Hearn, and Fred Regnier.
Regnier was also one of the first organizers of the International Symposium on HPLC of Peptides, Proteins, and Polynucleotides (ISPPP) along with Wehr, Milton Hearn, Klaus Unger, and Jan-Christer Janson. The first meeting they organized was held in Washington, D.C., USA, in 1980. "The conference still takes place 34 years later, although none of the original committee members are involved with it," said Wehr. A photo of the 1982 organizing committee is shown in Figure 4.

Scientific Accolades: As one might expect, someone with this rich of a history in scientific achievements is sure to have received a number of awards from the community. Indeed, Regnier has received many accolades throughout his career. Some of the most notable awards he has received are the David B. Hime Award for Achievement in Chromatography (1982); the Stephen Dal Nogare Award for Achievements in Chromatography (1987); the ACS Award in Chromatography (1989); the Martin Gold Medal (1993); the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Achievements in Separation Science (1996); the CASSS Scientific Achievement Award (2000); the Golay Award (2001); and the Outstanding Commercialization Award, presented by Purdue University and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (2006) — just to name a few.

Personal Accounts: Regnier has made many friends during the course of his career. Many of these have fond memories and personal stories of their experiences with Regnier that they wanted to share.

Krestel-Rickert told us how she used to go running at the track with Regnier and would jokingly refer to him as "Mr. Popularity" because he could never make it around the track without someone wanting to talk to him. "If the person wasn't running, Regnier was so gracious that he would stop running and walk or stop to talk with them," she said. "So we kidded with him about whether he was going to the gym to run or to socialize."

Dong remembers when he invited Regnier to give an informal talk at a dinner event for the Chinese American Chromatography Association in 2012. There, Regnier said there should be an LC–MS instrument in every doctor's office so that doctors could make immediate diagnoses of diseases or treatment progression. Dong realized this could be possible if the front-end of a sample extraction could be automated so that the right biomarkers (often a protein isoform) could be isolated and determined. "Listening to him, it dawned on me that this could be the greatest contribution that an analytical chemist could make — to solve the great biology problems of today, such as those in disease diagnostics," said Dong.

Karger has been friends and colleagues with Regnier for more than 35 years and taught short courses with him in the 1980s on HPLC. He shared a light-hearted memory from the 1992 HPLC conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where Regnier convinced well-known chromatographers (including Karger) to dress the way people dressed 500 years ago, in honour of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America. "We stunned the attendees as we walked in to the conference to open the meeting," said Karger.

The winner of the LCGC 2014 Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award, André de Villiers, will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Column.

Reference

1. Fred Regnier's Indy 500 of Chromatography and Other Stories, available at: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/3531763/965fa935d167f1c23c7e4c18630aff06249d65b6?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget/ (2013).

Megan L'Heureux is the managing editor of LCGC North America.

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