The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, on Nov. 25 named 338 new fellows, including Pew biomedical scholars James Bliska (1994), M. Bishr Omary (1989), and Richard Padgett (1986). AAAS fellows are selected based on their demonstrated efforts to advance science or its applications.More info
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Related Research by Pew Biomedical Scholars and Fellows
Pew biomedical scholars and fellows are currently conducting research on breast cancer and its mechanisms of disease.
These Pew-supported scientists include 2013 scholar Shelly Peyton, who studies how cancer spreads in the body. As an assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her research investigates why some types of tumors are more likely than others to spread to specific locations in the body.
The work of 1994 Pew Latin American fellow Alvaro Monteiro focuses on the role of genes in determining who develops cancer, how their cancers progress, and how they respond to therapies. As a professor at the University of South Florida’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, he is identifying genetic changes in breast tumors, with a long-term goal of being able to predict an individual’s response to a drug.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 200,000 new diagnoses of breast cancer—which affects both women and men—are made every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 deaths are reported annually. The breast cancer research being conducted by Pew scholars and fellows aims to combat this disease by shedding light on its basic biology.
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- Oct 4, 2013
On November 25, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named 338 new Fellows, including 1998 Pew Latin American fellow Alejandro Aballay.More info
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
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
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.More info
Natalia Martin, Ph.D., a 2012 Pew Latin American fellow, is working to understand how the nervous and immune systems influence each other when organisms respond to infection.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
This month, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was announced, directing global attention to the importance of chemical studies. The winners—Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel—were recognized for developing some of the first computer models for complex systems of molecules.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