Violeta Durán Laforet, PhD, a postdoc in the lab of Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, has been awarded two fellowships totaling $375,000 to support her research into how cells in the brain affect aging. The new funding is from the BrightFocus Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, which supports young researchers in their final stages of…
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Awards & Recognitions: June 2022

Christopher A. Walsh, the Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, has been named one of four recipients of this year’s Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Kavli Prize honors scientists for transformative breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Every other year, three $1 million prizes are…
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MIT Provost Cynthia Barnhart has announced three Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grants to support bold research projects across diverse areas of study including biology, engineering, and the humanities. The three grants honor the visionary and bold thinking in the winning proposals of the following nine researchers: John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and…
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The Pew Charitable Trusts has selected Whitehead Institute Member Ankur Jain to be a 2022 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise who work in areas of science relevant to the advancement of human health. Jain, who joined the Whitehead Institute faculty in 2019, is one of 22 scientists selected…
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Tiny rings that stop chronic pain. A molecule that targets deadly lung cancer. Robotic hands that can pluck even the most delicate fruit. These are just a few of the innovations under development by Boston University faculty this year—and each of them may be the starting point for new commercial ventures thanks to the BU Ignition Awards. Each year, BU…
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Awards & Recognitions: May 2022

Jocelyn Silvester, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, has received the inaugural Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) Young Investigator Prize. The prize recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of their career in celiac disease research. Silvester was recognized for her advocacy, translational research, and clinical research in both adults and pediatrics. Her research has…
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Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, awarded a research grant to apply a new, first-of-its-kind tool that seeks to more accurately diagnose inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). The grant funds collaborative work being done at Dana-Farber and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. World-renowned breast cancer clinicians Filipa Lynce, MD, Director of the Inflamatory Breast Cancer…
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Emery N. Brown and three other scientists recognized for advancing statistical, theoretical analyses of neuroscience data The Gruber Foundation announced today that Emery N. Brown, Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience, has won the 2022 Gruber Neuroscience Prize along with neurophysicists Laurence Abbott of Columbia University, Terrence Sejnowski of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Haim Sompolinsky of…
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The National Academy of Sciences has elected 120 new members and 30 international associates, including three MIT professors — Angela Belcher, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, and Ronitt Rubinfeld — in recognition of their achievements in original research. Angela Belcher is the James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science, a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and the…
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MIT cell biologist Lindsay Case and computational neuroscientist Guangyu Robert Yang have been named 2022 Searle Scholars, an award given annually to 15 outstanding U.S. assistant professors who have high potential for ongoing innovative research contributions in medicine, chemistry, or the biological sciences. Case is an assistant professor of biology, while Yang is an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences…
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