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.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
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.More info
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.More info
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.More info
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.More info
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.More info
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.More info
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
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