Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a leading funder of pediatric cancer research, has awarded a $4.95 million dollar grant to Leonard Zon, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital through its Crazy 8 Initiative, which aims to provide detailed roadmaps toward cures for specific, hard-to-treat childhood cancers through collaborative research. Through this grant, “Barcoding Pediatric Leukemia for Therapeutic Purposes,” Zon will collaborate extensively…
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Recent Awards and Honors for the BIDMC Community

The Pew Charitable Trusts selected Mark Andermann, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at BIDMC, and Shingo Kajimura, MD, Investigator in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at BIDMC, to join its 2020 class of Innovation Fund investigators. The award aims to encourage collaborative projects within the Pew’s biomedical network. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts recognized two BIDMC staff members for…
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Michael Moskowitz, HMS professor of neurology at Mass General, was one of four researchers to be awarded the 2021 Brain Prize from the Lundbeck Foundation for their pathbreaking contributions that led to novel migraine therapies. Stuart Orkin, the David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, was named to receive the 2021 Gruber Genetics Prize, which…
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The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) announced recipients of the 2021 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards and Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received the 2021 Albert Renold Award. This award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the development of…
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The 2021 Gruber Genetics Prize recognizes hematologist-oncologist and geneticist Stuart H. Orkin, M.D., of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, for his pioneering discoveries of the genetic underpinnings of blood disorders. His remarkable body of work has not only revolutionized our understanding of how these illnesses occur but has also led to promising new gene-based therapies for thalassemia and sickle…
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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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