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Pew has a decades-long commitment to support groundbreaking research by promising early-career biomedical researchers in the United States and Latin America.

This work is part of our broader effort to support high-quality, rigorous science that improves human health and informs sound policy making. We also partner with leading authorities in science, health, the environment, and associated fields to conduct research and advance fact-based solutions to compelling problems.

Biomedical Research News & Resources

New York Times: Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Media Coverage Apr 21, 2014
Manu Prakash has proposed the creation of a “frugal science.” More

NPR: 2009 Pew Scholar Reveals Neurological Basis of Our Response to Spicy Food

Media Coverage Apr 17, 2014

Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, was featured in a segment of Morning Edition, explaining the vibrating sensation we experience when we eat Sichuan peppers. Her research on the nerve cells involved in the response to spicy food could unveil possible treatments for tingling and numbing paresthesia, or chronic “pins and needles.”

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USA Today: Inexpensive, Ingenious Invention by 2013 Pew Scholar Could Save Lives

Media Coverage Apr 9, 2014 Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
2013 Pew scholar Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has developed an inexpensive tool to diagnose infections like malaria in developing countries. He is leveraging citizen science to test his origami-inspired paper microscope. More

WIRED: 2013 Pew Scholar Creates Chemistry Kit from a Music Box

Media Coverage Apr 8, 2014 Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Manu Prakash, a 2013 Pew scholar, recently won an award for developing a chemistry kit, intended for children, that mixes chemicals together using the insides of a music box. Having also invented a foldable paper microscope, the Stanford University bioengineer is advancing access to science for non-scientists. More

Pew Latin American Fellows Advance Biomedical Science Around the World

Video Mar 31, 2014

Nobel laureate Torsten Wiesel helped establish the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and is chair of the program’s national advisory committee. In this video, he discusses the program’s origins and successes over its first two decades.

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2008 Pew Scholar Wins Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

Media Coverage 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

Media Coverage 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

Media Coverage 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

Media Coverage 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

Four Pew Scholars Win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Other Resource Dec 31, 2013
Four Pew biomedical scholars are among this year’s 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, announced Dec. 23 by President Barack Obama. The award is considered the highest U.S. government honor bestowed on researchers in the beginning stages of their careers. More

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