Luisa Maria Nieto Ramirez, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Associate Professor of Biology Tim van Opijnen, has been named a 2020 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in the United States, giving them an…
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At the heart of Whitehead Institute are its Members, a group of world-class investigators who propel science forward through their research discoveries and technical advances. Recently, Whitehead Institute singled out two Members for special recognition: appointment to endowed professorships, which provide financial support for their research programs and serve as an endorsement of their scientific visions. Whitehead Institute Member Mary Gehring,…
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UMass Medical School postdoctoral associate Yasaman Gholamalipour, PhD, was awarded the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Berman-Topper Family HD Career Development Fellowship for 2020. The HDSA fellowship provides $80,000 of funding per year for three years to scientists and clinicians who intend to make Huntington’s disease a part of their long-term career plan. “I want to use my background in…
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The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) announced that Gordon Freeman, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the co-recipient of the 2020 Richard V. Smalley, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship, the society’s highest honor. The other co-recipients are Lieping Chen, MD, PhD, from Yale Cancer Center and Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD, from Harvard Medical School. The research conducted by Freeman, Chen and Sharpe formed…
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Six Dana-Farber faculty members have been recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) with 2020 AACR Team Science Awards for their role in The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA). The recipients are: Adam Bass, MD Rameen Beroukhim, MD, PhD David Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD Chris Sander, PhD Eliezer Van Allen, MD The AACR Team Science Award was established by…
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Boston Researchers Are Finalists for Major Young Scientist Award

Thirty-one of the nation’s rising stars in science were announced today as the 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists. Chosen from 305 nominations from 161 academic and research centers across 41 US states, these esteemed scientists and engineers will compete to be one of three Blavatnik National Awards…
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Stefan G. Tullius, MD, PhD, Awarded $2.5M National Institutes of Health Grant

Stefan G. Tullius, MD, PhD, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his study “Senescent cells drive mt-DNA accumulation and inflamm-aging.” The sharp discrepancy between demand and supply of organs causes high mortality and morbidity rates in waitlisted patients. Organ transplantation is hampered by a limited supply of organs, with many patients waiting for numerous years…
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The Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience has announced four $50,000 seed grants to UMass Medical School researchers. In 2017, Dan and Diane M. (Casey) Riccio, PhD, (GSBS ’03) donated $2 million to support neuroscience research at UMass Medical School, with $1 million to establish the Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience, and an additional $1 million to…
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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is honoring Cigall Kadoch, PhD, with the 2020 AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Cancer Research. Kadoch is assistant professor of pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and an Institute member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is being recognized for her pioneering biochemical and…
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Harvard Business School (HBS) has named its 2020-21 Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship. Launched in 2013, the Blavatnik Fellowship, was part of a gift to Harvard University from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by Len Blavatnik (MBA 1989). The Fellowship was established to support HBS alumni and Harvard-affiliated postdocs in their new ventures around promising life science technologies while developing…
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