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Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

Pew has a decades-long commitment to support groundbreaking research by promising early-career biomedical researchers in the United States and Latin America.

 

Two core programs of our emerging science work are the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences and the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funding outstanding, competitively selected scientists.

 

Read more about the 2013 classes: Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences and Pew Latin American Fellows.

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports promising early-career scientists in the health sciences—particularly young researchers with innovative approaches and ideas. This program is part of Pew’s support of biomedical research that improves human health and informs sound policy making.

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The Pew Latin American Fellows Program has supported more than 200 promising young biomedical scholars from Central and South America to advance research in their countries. It is part of Pew’s support of high-quality, rigorous science that improves human health and informs sound policy making.

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Pew Latin American Fellows Advance Biomedical Science Around the World

Pew Latin American Fellows Advance Biomedical Science Around the World

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  • Mar 31, 2014

Nobel laureate Torsten Wiesel helped establish the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and is chair of the program’s national advisory committee. In this video, he discusses the program’s origins and successes over its first two decades.

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ABC News: 2013 Pew Scholar Designs Powerful Microscope Costing Less Than $1

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  • Mar 24, 2014

An amazingly cheap and rugged microscope created in the lab of 2013 Pew Scholar Manu Prakash could greatly improve disease diagnosis in remote parts of the world. More

2008 Pew Scholar Wins Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

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  • Feb 5, 2014

In January, Antonio Giraldez, a 2008 Pew Scholar, was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his research on the role of microRNAs in the early developmental stages of vertebrates.

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LiveScience: 2009 Pew Scholar Unlocking Causes of Chronic Itch

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  • Jan 28, 2014

The sensation of feeling itchy is pretty universal, and yet scientists still don't completely understand the complex processes that give us the urge to scratch.

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2012 Biomedical Scholar Awarded Distinguished Government Honor

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  • Jan 23, 2014

Two BU researchers will travel to Washington, D.C., later this year to accept the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), one of the highest honors for young science and engineering professionals.

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Nature: Charities: Profiting From Non-profits

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  • Jan 22, 2014

Nature magazine profiled seven scientists—including Anita Pepper, director of the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences—who decided to apply their expertise to the nonprofit sector. Pepper, a geneticist by training, describes how she began working at Pew. More

The Recorder: 2013 Pew Scholar Making New Discoveries on Cancer Spread

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  • Dec 29, 2013

In October, 2013 Pew scholar Shelly Peyton won the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. With the funds, the assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is focusing on cancer spread—and the possibility that some cancer treatments might speed up the process.

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2013 Pew Scholar Creates One of ''The Best Scientific Visualizations of 2013''

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  • Dec 25, 2013

Wired magazine has compiled a list of the year’s best scientific visualizations—including an image by 2013 Pew scholar Viviana Gradinaru. In collaboration with other researchers at California Institute of Technology, the assistant professor created a technique to make fatty tissues translucent and color-coded for easier study.

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1985 Pew Scholar Finds Gender Differences in Flu Susceptibility

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  • Dec 23, 2013

Mark Davis, a 1985 Pew scholar and director of Stanford University’s Institute for Immunity Transplantation and Infection, is featured in US News & World Report for his research on how men and women respond differently to influenza vaccines. His study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to demonstrate a correlation between testosterone levels, gene expression, and immune responsiveness in humans.

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1996 Pew Scholar Elected into the National Academy of Inventors

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  • Dec 10, 2013

1996 Pew scholar Carolyn Bertozzi, the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, has been elected into the National Academy of Inventors for her contributions to the field of chemistry. Bertozzi’s innovations include copper-free click chemistry, a technique for examining sugars on cell surfaces without doing harm to the cell.

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MIT Technology Review: Pew Latin American Fellow Recognized as an Innovator Under 35

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  • Nov 27, 2013

On Nov. 21, the MIT Technology Review, Spanish edition, released its list of 35 Innovators Under 35, including five winners from Chile. The list recognized Andrés Klein, Ph.D., a 2009 Pew Latin American fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. More

2010 Pew Scholar Wins $1.8 Million Grant from the National Institutes of Health

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  • Nov 20, 2013

Gregory Amberg, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, has won a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how high blood pressure develops in people with obesity. With the five-year award, Amberg hopes to identify the underlying causes for the cardiovascular disease, with the aim of developing therapies to prevent its organ-damaging effects.

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2013 Pew Scholar Wins Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Gates Foundation

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  • Nov 20, 2013

Manu Prakash, a 2013 Pew scholar and assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As one of 81 winners selected from more than 2,700 proposals, Prakash’s team will develop an inexpensive electromagnetic detection device to diagnose infections of parasitic worms in people.

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Immunity Studies Cross Scientific and Continental Borders

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  • Nov 14, 2013

2012 Pew Latin American Fellow Natalia Martin studies the molecular mechanisms underlying innate immunity—the body’s first, non-specific line of defense against invading pathogens.

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2013 Pew Scholar Wins Prestigious Packard Fellowship

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  • Nov 6, 2013

June Round, a 2013 Pew scholar and assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, has been awarded the 2013 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. As one of 16 scientists selected to receive the $875,000 grant, Round will focus her research on bacteria in the gut—working to identify strategies to kill the disease-causing kind while maintaining “good” kind.

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