Navigation Links
UT Southwestern researcher named HHMI Early Career Physician-Scientist
Date:7/7/2009

DALLAS July 7, 2009 Dr. Nima Sharifi, assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Physician-Scientist Award.

He is one of 11 researchers named in a national competition by the institute to be part of the program, which is aimed at increasing the number of researchers who translate basic science discoveries into improved treatment for patients. Established in 2006, the program supports a total of 52 physician-scientists.

Each Early Career Physician-Scientist receives $375,000 in research funding over a five-year period from HHMI. The funds, which do not support the awardees' salaries, often are used to hire lab personnel or purchase vital research equipment, according to the institute.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies, has in the past two decades invested more than $8.3 billion for the support, training and education of the nation's most creative and promising scientists.

"Translating basic science into patient care is a cornerstone of UT Southwestern's mission as an academic medical center," said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. "The HHMI's generous support of Dr. Sharifi at a critical time in his career helps ensure the ability to deliver on that commitment, and we are grateful for the institute's recognition of the value of his work."

Dr. Sharifi's research focuses on how advanced prostate cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in men becomes resistant to androgen deprivation therapy. The most well-known androgen is the male sex hormone testosterone.

Although prostate cancer initially responds to androgen withdrawal, these tumors eventually become resistant. Dr. Sharifi's laboratory focuses on genes that determine how this resistant state occurs. The hope is that this work eventually will help in the development of new therapies.

"This funding will allow my laboratory to look at this problem further in depth," Dr. Sharifi said. "I am truly honored to receive this award and support from HHMI."

Dr. Sharifi earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed his internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Before becoming a faculty member in hematology/oncology division of UT Southwestern's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2008, he served as a clinical associate and as an assistant clinical investigator at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

In addition to Dr. Sharifi's Early Career Physician-Scientist Award, Dr. Russell DeBose-Boyd, associate professor of molecular genetics, was appointed an HHMI Early Career Scientist in March. Also, 13 UT Southwestern faculty members hold appointments as HHMI investigators. They are Dr. Zhijian "James" Chen, professor of molecular biology; Dr. Johann Deisenhofer, professor of biochemistry; Dr. Nick Grishin, associate professor of biochemistry; Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and chief of clinical genetics; Dr. Lora Hooper, assistant professor of immunology; Dr. Youxing Jiang, associate professor of physiology; Dr. Beth Levine, chief of infectious diseases; Dr. David Mangelsdorf, chairman of pharmacology; Dr. Michael Rosen, professor of biochemistry; Dr. Joseph Takahashi, chairman of neuroscience; Dr. Xiaodong Wang, professor of biochemistry; Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, professor of molecular genetics; and Dr. Hongtao Yu, professor of pharmacology.


'/>"/>

Contact: Connie Piloto
connie.piloto@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Former Gov. Bill Clements Makes Historic Gift to UT Southwestern With $100 Million Transformative Contribution
2. UT Southwesterns Olson wins prestigious French award for heart research
3. Participants in antidepressant drug trials are atypical patients, UT Southwestern researchers report
4. UT Southwestern University Hospital earns outstanding achievement award for cancer care
5. UT Southwestern researchers reveal how the brain processes important information
6. UT Southwestern teaching hospital halves its rate of premature births, researchers find
7. Burn rehabilitation experts at UT Southwestern outline best treatments for post-burn itching
8. The Cooper Institute and UT Southwestern Announce Medical Research Collaboration
9. High-tech Texas hospitals see fewer complications, lower costs, UT Southwestern researcher finds
10. UT Southwestern researchers identify protein that may explain healthy obesity
11. UT Southwestern researchers discover brains memory buffer in single cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
UT Southwestern researcher named HHMI Early Career Physician-Scientist
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now ... of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is ... emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical ... the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A ... 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the ... history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a ... fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. ... Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include ... in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation , ... Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard Medical ... Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and the ... five finalists of Lyme Innovation , the ... 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 The Academy of Managed ... recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more ... that make formulary and coverage decisions, a move that ... new medicines. The recommendations address restrictions in ... on the drug label, a prohibition that hinders decision ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Research and Markets has ... Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... Diagnostics The World Market for Companion Diagnostics ... diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: