The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded grants to four MIT faculty members as part of its High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The program supports unconventional approaches to challenges in biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences. Each year, NIH Director’s Awards are granted to program applicants who propose high-risk, high-impact research in areas relevant to the NIH’s mission. In doing so, the NIH…
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Claes Dohlman, HMS professor of ophthalmology, emeritus, at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has received the 2022 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award in recognition of his contributions to vision research. The Champalimaud Vision Award, presented by the Portugal-based Champalimaud Foundation, is the highest distinction bestowed in ophthalmology and vision science.
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Awards & Recognitions: September 2022

Arlene Sharpe, the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and head of the Department of Immunology in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). FASEB’s Excellence in Science Awards recognize female scientists who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their research fields, exemplary leadership,…
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Congratulations to Cynthia Bradford for winning the 2022 John S. Perkins Award for her outstanding long-term service at the College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology. As a proposal development specialist, Cindy has gathered grant proposals, which have received 70 awards, totaling over twelve million dollars in funding within the past year alone. According to CAS Professor and former…
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Frederick Alt, the HMS Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, will be awarded the 2023 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, Germany’s highest medical award. Alt and co-winner David Schatz of Yale Medical School will be recognized for their discovery of molecules and mechanisms that enable the immune system to recognize billions of different antigens. “The picture…
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Deborah Jean Anderson, PhD, professor of medicine, has received a four-year, $7.2 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development renewing support for a Contraceptive Research Center (CRC) to further her research to develop innovative monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) products.
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Every year, the Wyss Institute names a class of Validation Projects that receive funding, business development support, and a wide variety of resources to support them on every step towards commercializing their technologies. All of the project teams identified strong first use-cases with great potential impact, and will now validate these technologies. Over the course of the year, these projects…
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Boston University CityLab, a biotechnology learning laboratory for middle and high school teachers and their students, has received a five-year, $1.3 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant will allow CityLab to develop, implement and evaluate a new curriculum for high school students…
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Novartis Professor Laura L. Kiessling has been named this year’s winner of the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society. This national award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of biomimetic chemistry. Kiessling, along with the other National Award recipients, will be honored at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, March…
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Haiyan Gong Receives BrightFocus Award

Haiyan Gong, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and anatomy and neurobiology, has received $200,000 through a Standard Award in National Glaucoma Research from the BrightFocus Foundation. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide.  A primary risk factor for the development and progression of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which results from increased resistance to aqueous…
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