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UTHealth neuroscientist wins prominent NIH Director's Pioneer Award
Date:8/31/2010

can reform to process something else," he said.

With the Pioneer Award, Dragoi plans to develop advanced technologies that will allow him to observe neural activity in naturalistic environments. The technology will also allow Dragoi to monitor brain activity during sleep. "We all know sleep is critical to enhance learning. You can't perform well without it. But, we are not really sure why," Dragoi said. NIH review panelists described his approach as "the future of neuroscience," he said.

"This is one of the top honors a biomedical researcher can receive," said Peter Davies, M.D., Ph.D., provost and executive vice president of research at UTHealth.

In 2009, Dragoi won a $1.2 million grant through an NIH initiative called Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA). He is also the recipient of the James S. McDonnell Award, the Pew Scholar Award, the Merck Award and other awards. Dragoi received his doctorate at Duke University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dragoi is the second Pioneer Award recipient from UTHealth. Cheng Chi Lee, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the UTHealth Medical School, earned a Pioneer Award in 2006.


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Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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