Current therapies for gum disease involve cleaning pathogenic bacteria away from the root of a patient’s teeth. But the bad bacteria always return after approximately three months, necessitating long-term management of the disease and consistent maintenance. Dr. Ning Yu, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Forsyth Institute, is working on a better treatment for periodontitis. “We are investigating the host…
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Awards & Recognitions: July 2021

Two Harvard Medical School faculty members have been named to receive Honorific Awards from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and will be at the organization’s annual meeting in December. These awards recognize exemplary hematologists who have made significant contributions to the field. Margaret Shipp, HMS professor of medicine at Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, was named to receive the Ernest Beutler…
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Cognitive neuroscientist John Gabrieli has been named the 2021 winner of the Samuel Torrey Orton Award, the International Dyslexia Association’s highest honor. The award recognizes achievements of leading researchers and practitioners in the dyslexia field, as well as those of individuals with dyslexia who exhibit leadership and serve as role models in their communities. “I am grateful to the International Dyslexia Association for…
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McGovern Institute Fellows Omar Abudayyeh and Jonathan Gootenberg have both been named to MIT Technology Review’s annual list of exceptional innovators under the age of 35. The annual list recognizes “exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.” Abudayyeh was named to the 2020 list for developing a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19; a diagnostic technology that now has potential to rapidly and economically detect a wide variety…
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Awards & Recognitions: July 2021

JoAnn Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at HMS and Brigham and Women’s, was named to receive the 2021 Nanette Wenger, MD Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. At the organization’s annual summit in July, Manson will receive the award and present the Wenger lecture. Her talk discusses the VITAL trial: How VITAL are vitamin D and…
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Anders Sejr Hansen, assistant professor of biological engineering at MIT, has been named a Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research for 2021. The Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research is a national initiative designed to support promising early-career scientists whose research will accelerate discovery and advance progress toward a cure for cancer. The Hansen Lab will investigate how genetic elements, known…
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The Bridging Academia with Industry translational research training program seeks to create a new culture of innovation through collaboration across academia and industry. Co-taught by faculty members from academia and industry, the course provides strategies to translate lab discoveries into new therapeutics, devices and diagnostics. The 2021 program, which included 20 faculty trainees from 13 departments and centers, concluded on…
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Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has granted Picower Professor Mark F. Bear a $100,000 RPB Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research to support his work on a potential treatment for the disorder, the most common cause of lost vision starting in childhood, affecting millions around the world. The support is provided over a two-year period. Amblyopia emerges early in development when vision…
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James Fifer, PhD candidate of the Davies Lab, and Brenna Stallings, MS student of the Rotjan Lab, are recipients of the 2021 Dana Wright Fellowship. James is interested in investigating genomic signatures of latitudinal adaptation in several different coral species. He is employing physiological and population genetic tools to answer these questions. His current work focuses on the recent range expansion of a…
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Dr. Sylvia E. Rosas, a nephrologist and epidemiologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center was named President-Elect of the National Kidney Foundation with a term to begin in October 2022. Dr. Rosas is also the Director of Joslin’s Latino Kidney Clinic, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosas was also recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Leader Award by The American Society of…
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