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Feb 21, 2013

2009 Pew Scholar Identifies “Molecular Master Switch” for Pancreatic Cancer

Ben Stanger, named a Pew biomedical Scholar in 2009, co-authored a paper in Genes and Development describing a master regulator protein, which may explain the development of aberrant cell growth in the pancreas spurred by inflammation.

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Source: EurekAlert

Biomedical Research
Oct 3, 2013

2009 Pew Scholar Identifies Possible Relief for Eczema

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.

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Source: MedicalXpress

Biomedical Research
Aug 19, 2013

2009 Pew Scholar Maps Epigentic Changes in Humans

Alexander Meissner, a 2009 Pew scholar and associate professor at Harvard University, has led in the development of a methylation map – which tracks patterns of certain molecules binding on our DNA. Methylation is an important process to the field of epigenetics, the study of how chemical modifications to DNA is able to regulate a gene’s activity.

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Source: Medical Xpress

Biomedical Research
Mar 28, 2013

2009 Pew Scholar Shows Cells Can Naturally “Reprogram” Themselves

Ben Stanger, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, has demonstrated that cells can change their identities under normal conditions in the body. In a study published in Genes and Development, Dr. Stanger pinpointed the gene that allows the main type of liver cells in mammals to convert into the cells lining bile ducts.

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Source: Health Canal

Biomedical Research
Aug 8, 2013

2010 Pew Scholar Demonstrates how a Molecule Triggers Lymphoma

Changchun Xiao, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor at Scripps Research Institute, lead research on microRNAs, small molecules of RNA that affect gene expression. His team showed that a certain cluster of microRNAs could trigger blood cancers called lymphomas. This research could potentially lead to new therapies for the disease.

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Source: Science Codex

Biomedical Research
Aug 19, 2013

2010 Pew Scholar Develops Laboratory Model for Hepatitis C

Matthew Evans, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, co-led research to develop the first model outside of humans and chimpanzees to study the hepatitis C virus. By manipulating macaque monkey cells, he was able to induce successful infection in a petri dish, opening the door to new avenues for developing treatments and vaccines for the disease.

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Source: Infection Control Today

Biomedical Research
Jun 30, 2013

2010 Pew Scholar Identifies Mammalian Immune Regulators

Changchun Xiao, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute, was lead author in a paper in Nature Immunology focusing on tiny RNA molecules. His findings demonstrated that mice with too little of the tiny RNA molecules were immune deficient, while mice with too many of the molecules developed an auto-immune disorder. His Pew supported research could inform vaccine production and drug development for autoimmune diseases and immune deficient diseases.

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Source: The Scripps Research Institute

Biomedical Research
Nov 20, 2013

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

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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Source: The Northern Colorado Business Report

Biomedical Research
Oct 18, 2013

2010 Pew Scholar Wins New York Stem Cell Foundation Grant

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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Source: The Rockefeller University

Biomedical Research
Apr 2, 2013

2011 Pew Scholar awarded $1.13 million from NIH

Jeff Gore, a 2011 Pew Scholar and assistant professor of physics at MIT, has been awarded a four-year, $1,131,603 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – one of the 27 National Institutes of Health –  to pursue research into cooperation and cheating in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

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Source: MIT News

Biomedical Research
Feb 14, 2013

2011 Pew Scholar Identifies Treatment Target for MRSA

Anthony Richardson, a member of the 2011 class of Pew biomedical scholars, has pinpointed the gene that makes one strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria more infectious than others. In a study in Cell Host & Microbe, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assistant professor proved that a single gene made one strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) impervious to a skin compound that kills off other strains. Manipulating that gene could provide a potential treatment target for all strains of MRSA.

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Source: UNC Health Care

Biomedical Research
Mar 17, 2013

2011 Pew Scholar is One of ''America's Best and Brightest Minds''

In celebration of what would have been Albert Einstein’s 134th birthday, FoxNews.com ran an article highlighting young researchers, including 2011 Pew scholar Ann Morris. Thanks to her creative research on vision in zebrafish, Dr. Morris was mentioned among scientists who are “poised to change the way we live today, and will continue to influence our culture in the coming decades.

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Source: Fox News

Biomedical Research
Feb 6, 2013

2011 Pew Scholar Uncovers Clues to Cancer and the Aging Process

2011 Pew Scholar Eros Lazzarni Denchi, an assistant professor at Scripps Research Institute, has uncovered the details of a protein that help keep chromosomes from sticking together. In a paper published online ahead of print in Nature, Dr. Denchi described how the protein TRF2 actively and passively suppresses DNA repair machinery that would fuse chromosomes together. This work has significant implications for our understanding of cancer and the aging process.

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Source: Scripps Research Institute

Biomedical Research
Feb 28, 2013

2011 Pew Scholar Wins Paul Allen Distinguished Investigators Award to Unlock Fundamental Questions in Biology

Jeff Gore, 2011 Pew Scholar and assistant professor of physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Paul Allen Distinguished Investigators Award to Unlock Fundamental Questions in Biology. The award, announced today by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, provides $7.5 million in exploratory grant funding to a carefully selected group of scientists who will embark on five new pioneering research projects that aim to unlock fundamental questions in biology. Dr. Gore will use single-celled yeast to explore how ideas from game theory can provide insight into cellular decision making.

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Source: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Biomedical Research
Jan 23, 2014

2012 Biomedical Scholar Awarded Distinguished Government Honor

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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Source: BU Today

Biomedical Research