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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

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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 2015, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 31st series of awards, to be made in 2015, 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. The application for the 2015 awards will open on August 1, 2014.

 

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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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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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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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PNAS Podcast: 2007 Pew Scholar on New Approaches to Infectious Diseases

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  • Oct 25, 2013

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.

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Institute of Medicine: Two Biomedical Scholars Selected As New Members of IOM

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  • Oct 21, 2013
During its 43rd annual meeting, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently announced its new members, including Pew biomedical scholars Helen Piwnica-Worms (’91) and George M. Shaw (’86). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
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2010 Pew Scholar Wins New York Stem Cell Foundation Grant

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  • Oct 18, 2013

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.

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