As part of its efforts to reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named McLean Hospital as a recipient of a grant through the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative (NIH HEAL Initiative). McLean’s award is one of 375 grant awards across 41 states—totaling nearly $1 billion—made by the NIH in fiscal…
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) neuroscientist Mark Andermann, PhD, has received a 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. Intended to accelerate the pace of biomedical, behavioral, and social science discoveries, the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award challenges investigators at all career levels to pursue new research directions and develop groundbreaking, high-impact approaches to a broad area of biomedical, behavioral or social…
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Jia Niu, an assistant professor of chemistry at Boston College, has received a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which funds highly innovative biomedical or behavioral research proposed by extraordinarily creative scientists, the agency announced on October 1. “I am honored and very grateful for the generous support…
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Sol Schulman, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has received a 2019 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award based on his ongoing research into cellular tissue factor (TF) and its contribution to the pathogenesis and inheritance of broadly defined hemorrhagic and thrombotic diseases, including postpartum hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. One of three national awards…
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The signal kept vanishing, but Kapil Ramachandran (@KVRamachandran5) kept searching for it. The then-graduate-student at Johns Hopkins was using tracing molecules called “radiolabels” to follow the life of proteins in a neuron. But in every trial, the radiolabel signal almost instantly disappeared. He was mystified. The radiolabels had to have gone somewhere. He found the radiolabels in small peptides floating around outside the…
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MCBB PhD student Sandy Serizier of the McCall Lab won “Best Poster” at the First Annual Underrepresented Graduate Student Organization Academic Research Symposium on September 26th. Sandy is enthusiastic about basic research and is interested in cell communication during development. She is also very passionate about community outreach. Congratulations, Sandy!
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Josh Tenenbaum, a professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who studies human cognition, has been named a recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowships, often referred to as “genius grants,” come with a five-year, $625,000 prize, which recipients are free to use as they see fit. “It’s an amazing honor, and very unexpected. There are a…
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MCO graduate program alum Tessa Montague (Ph.D, ‘18) has been selected as a recipient HHMI’s prestigious Hanna Gray Fellowship. The fellowship provides up to 1.4 million dollars in funding and up to 8 years support for exceptional early career scientists who hail from groups underrepresented in science faculty. Montague is one of just 15 early career scholars in the fellowship’s 2019 class. Montague,…
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The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) has presented McLean Hospital’s Bertha K. Madras, PhD, with its Innovator Award. Madras, the director of McLean’s Laboratory of Addiction Neurobiology, accepted the award on June 16 at CPDD’s 81st Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. According to CPDD, the annual award recognizes “individuals who have developed innovative approaches in basic science, clinical research, or treatment…
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In 2018, BU trustee Rajen Kilachand (Questrom’74, Hon.’14) made the largest gift in Boston University’s history: $115 million. From that gift, $100 million established an endowment, the Rajen Kilachand Fund for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, to support interdisciplinary research and solutions to some of today’s most vexing societal woes and medical diseases. Now, the first three teams to receive Kilachand…
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