Dr. Dwight E. Bergles, a Boston University Biology alum, won the 2020 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. Graduated from BU with a bachelor’s degree in biology, he is now a leading neuroscientist at The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an…
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Each year, the international NOMIS Foundation selects two notable academics as recipients of the NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award, and this year MCB faculty Catherine Dulac is one of the honorees. The award includes five years of research funding, totaling up to 2.5 million dollars. “This is terrific news, and more well-deserved recognition for the exciting and groundbreaking work that Catherine and her lab…
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We are excited to announce that the 2020 winner of the Belamarich Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Biology goes to Dr. Ashley Penvose for her work on “Determinants of the DNA binding and gene regulatory specificity for Type II nuclear receptors”. Dr. Penvose attained her doctoral degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at BU and was a graduate research fellow in Siggers…
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The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that Shobini Jayaraman, PhD, has been named Distinguished Staff of the Month for March. Dr. Jayaraman is a senior research scientist in physiology & biophysics. She joined the BUSM community in 2003 as a post-doctoral research scientist. Her nominators say: “Dr. Jayaraman, who herself is a person of color, helped train two URM…
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2021 Shipley Pilot Grant Awards

Jonathan Wisco, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in men over age 65 and the disease rarely occurs in those younger than 40. Prostate cancer is disproportionately diagnosed in black men, and amongst the…
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Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, Hon. ScD, Chief Academic Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH), has received the American Liver Foundation’s 2020 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. This national award is considered one of the highest honors in the field of liver disease research and annually recognizes one individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional…
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The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Count Me In, a non-profit research initiative that conducts patient-partnered studies of cancer, have been awarded a new $16 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, to accelerate research in two rare forms of cancer. The funding will support research projects in leiomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma, two cancers which have…
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Mr. Spivack established these awards in 2013 to recognize and support the research of outstanding BUSM faculty conducting either clinical or basic research in Parkinson’s (PD), Alzheimer’s (AD), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and other neurological disorders. Douglas L. Rosene, PhD, is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Neuroscientist Award. Dr. Rosene is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Director of…
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The Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital will join the new ALS Collaborative Cohort program with a grant from Tambourine, Ben and Divya Silbermann’s philanthropy. The Cohort consists of six US-based organizations that will work together to promote access and inclusion across the ALS landscape. People with ALS face numerous barriers in attempting to…
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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced Feb. 16 that it has awarded Sloan Research Fellowships to eight MIT professors in the MIT Media Lab and in the departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mathematics. The fellowships, which honor pre-tenure faculty members, will support their research with two-year, $75,000 awards. “The Sloan…
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