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.More info
Meet the 2013 Class
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
Read the announcement of the 2013 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.
The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2014, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 30th series of awards, to be made in 2014, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. As of August 1, 2013, the application for the 2014 award is open.
Click here for a Directory of Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences since 1985.
Featured Biomedical Scholars
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.More info
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.More info
Deborah Hung, a 2007 Pew scholar, was featured in a podcast by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America called “Changing the way we think about antibiotics”. As an assistant professor at the Richard B. Simches Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Hung’s work explores new avenues to treat and diagnose infectious diseases like tuberculosis.More info
Winrich Freiwald, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor at The Rockefeller University, is one of seven scientists receiving $1.5 million for cutting-edge neuroscience research as he establishes his laboratory. Past awardees include Vanessa Ruta, a 2012 Pew scholar and assistant professor at Rockefeller.More info
"The Pew Charitable Trusts last March named Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Qiaobing Xu a Pew Scholar for his biomedical research on a new method of promoting nerve growth."More info
Mark Andermann, a 2013 Pew Scholar and assistant professor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, conducts innovative research to determine the changes in the brain triggered by hunger and external food cues. Watch the video to learn more about how his work is shedding light on obesity and eating disorders.More info
The Daily Californian ran an article covering the research of Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley, who led in research discovering a way to relieve the itch of eczema and ward off some of its worst symptoms. The study, published in Cell, demonstrated that blocking the activity of nerve cells in the skin could stop the itch and inflammation associated with the condition—which affects 10 percent of the population.More info
2011 Pew biomedical scholar Michael Kuhns studies the processes leading to immunity in vertebrates and researches how cells communicate with each other to induce the appropriate immune response to an invading pathogen or a vaccine.More info
Qioabing Xu, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, has identified a method to use organic collagen to create replacement nerve tissue. His innovations differs from most similar nerve-repair mechanisms, which use expensive inorganic materials.More info
Randy Schekman, a professor at of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, shares the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with Yale University’s James Rothman and Stanford University’s Thomas Südhof. Schekman—who served on the national advisory committee for Pew’s scholars program from 1996 to 2002—was recognized for discovering a set of genes required for the transport of molecules within cells.More info
Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley, led in research discovering a way to relieve the itch of eczema and ward off some of its worst symptoms. The study, published in Cell, demonstrated that blocking the activity of nerve cells in the skin could stop the itch and inflammation associated with the condition—which affects 10 percent of the population.More info
"In the race for a cure for HIV, the wins are stacking up. We have the Berlin Patient and the Mississippi Baby. There's the Visconti Cohort - 14 patients in France - and most recently, two men in Boston who were declared to be HIV-free just this summer."More info
2008 Pew scholar Leor Weinberger was interviewed on ABC7 news about his research to disable the HIV virus before it can trigger AIDS.More info