Pew program supports promising, young investigators in advancing human health
WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 20 exceptional researchers have been selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. Scholars receive a $240,000 award over four years to help support their research, as well as gain inclusion into a unique community of scientists that encourages collaboration and exchange of ideas. The program is funded by Pew through a grant to UCSF.
"Pew's Program in the Biomedical Sciences is designed to enable scientists to take calculated risks, expand their research and follow unanticipated leads," said Rebecca W. Rimel, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "Pew is honored to invest in these brilliant minds, and to provide financial and professional support as they pursue their pioneering breakthroughs."
Launched in 1985, The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports early to midcareer scientists and has invested more than $100 million to fund over 400 scholars.
The Pew Scholars selection process is rigorously competitive, as all applicants are highly talented researchers in their fields. Applicants must be nominated by an invited institution and must demonstrate excellence and innovation in their research. This year, 149 institutions were invited to nominate a candidate in basic biomedical research, and 117 eligible nominations were received. The scholars are selected by a distinguished national advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, president emeritus of Rockefeller University and a 1981 Nobel laureate.
The 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences are:
Gilad Barnea, Ph.D. Brown University
Laurie A. Boyer, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Antonio J. Giraldez, Ph.D. Yale University
Aaron D. Gitler, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Felicia D. Goodrum, Ph.D. University of Arizona
Richard I. Gregory, Ph.D. Children's Hospital, Boston
Jianping Jin, Ph.D. University of Texas Health Science
Anatol C. Kreitzer, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco
Deborah J. Lenschow, M.D., Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis
Ian J. MacRae, Ph.D. Scripps Research Institute
Bryce Nickels, Ph.D. Rutgers University
Susannah Rankin, Ph.D. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
John F. Rawls, Ph.D. University of North Carolina,
Seth M. Rubin, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
Holger Sondermann, Ph.D. Cornell University
Michael A. Sutton, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Benjamin R. tenOever, Ph.D. Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Leor S. Weinberger, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Julia Zeitlinger, Ph.D. Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Hui Zong, Ph.D. University of Oregon
For full biographies and information regarding the scholars' research subjects, please visit http://www.pewtrusts.org.
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