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Alaska neuroscientist receives national mentor award
Date:6/16/2014

University of Alaska Fairbanks neuroscientist Kelly Drew will receive a national biomedical research mentoring award from the National Institutes of Health, Institutional Development Awards program in Washington, D.C. June 17.

"Professor Drew has had extraordinary success in mentoring students and post-doctoral scientists from under-represented groups, especially among Alaska Native communities," said Brian Barnes, director of the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology where Drew is a scientist. "We are very proud that she's receiving this recognition."

The Sidney A. McNairy, Jr. Mentoring Award honors scientists who demonstrate successful research productivity through publications, presentations and successful mentoring of students and trainees. The award is given by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

"This is a huge honor. Dr. McNairy is one of my heroes," said Drew, who teaches in the UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "I think we both believe strongly that opportunity and diversity are good for science."

Drew will receive the award and give a presentation highlighting her students and her research on therapeutic hibernation June 17 at the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence in Washington, D.C.

"Kelly is an international leader in the neurobiology of hibernation," said Barnes. "Her research goals include translating the neuro- and cardio-protection demonstrated in hibernating arctic ground squirrels into novel clinical applications for the treatment of stroke, heart attack and trauma."

As a mentor Drew said her role is to help students discover their passion for science and then guide them around the obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from becoming outstanding scientists and mentors.

"Kelly puts a lot of effort into bringing students into her lab and letting them explore the wonders of biomedic
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Contact: Marie Thoms
methoms@alaska.edu
907-474-7412
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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