2010 Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards
Memphis, TN, April 01, 2011 -- The Hartwell Foundation today officially announced its 2010 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, which offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Twelve individuals, representing ten institutions, were selected as Hartwell Investigators:
Jack Bui, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of California, San Diego, for "Using Regressor Tumors to Treat Childhood Sarcomas."
Cristina E. Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis, for "Point-Of-Care Breath Sensor to Improve Childhood Asthma Control."
Marie E. Egan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Yale University, for "Synthetic Nanoparticles for Gene Correction of Cystic Fibrosis."
Nan E. Hatch, DMD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, The University of Michigan, for "In Vivo Manipulation of Tissue Nonspecific Alkaline Phophatase Enzyme Expression: A Biomedical Strategy for the Prevention and Treatment of Craniosynostosis."
Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, for "Novel Approaches to Improving Survival of Encapsulated Islets for the Treatment of Juvenile Diabetes."
Xingde Li, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, for "Ultracompact Nonlinear Optical Endomicroscope for Predicting Preterm Birth."
Joshua E. Medow, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, The University of Wisconsin Madison, for "Implantable Intracranial Pressure Monitor."
Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D., Associate Member, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, for "Regulation of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions by a Novel Viral Enterotoxin."
Patrick Seed, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University, for "Interactions Between the Environment and Microbiome in Extremely Preterm Infants."
Randi B. Silver, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, for "Mast Cells in Chronic Lung Disease in Premature Birth Infants."
Gurol M. Suel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for "Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Engineered Microbial Nano-Devices."
Adriana Tremoulet, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, for "Biomarker Panel for Diagnosing Kawasaki Disease."
The Hartwell Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to these exceptional scientists and engineers who are pursuing biomedical research to advance childrenís health. The twelve award winning research proposals in 2010 represent innovative and cutting edge technology from disciplines that include medical devices, diagnostic devices, imaging, molecular biology, infectious disease, and cancer.
Each year The Hartwell Foundation announces itís Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research in the United States, inviting participating institutions to hold an internal open competition to identify four nominees from their faculty based upon early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources. The Hartwell Foundation seeks to inspire innovation and achievement by funding research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. In the Hartwell competition all nominees submit a detailed research proposal, make a formal presentation and are personally interviewed.
In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the transformative nature of the proposed innovation, the extent to which a strategic or translational approach might accelerate the clinical application of research results to benefit children, the extent of collaboration in the proposed research, the institutional commitment to provide encouragement and technical support to the investigator, and the extent to which funding the investigator will make a difference.
2010 Hartwell Investigator Gurol Suel, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2010 Hartwell Investigator Nan Hatch, DMD, Ph.D., The University of Michigan
2010 Hartwell Investigator Xingde Li, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
2010 Hartwell Investigator Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2010 Hartwell Investigator Patrick Seed, MD, Ph.D., Duke University
2010 Hartwell Investigator Adriana Tremoulet, MD, The University of California, San Diego
2010 Hartwell Investigator Josh Medow, MD, The University of Wisconsin Madison
2010 Hartwell Investigator Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D., St Jude Children's Research Hospital
2010 Hartwell Investigator Cristina Davis, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
2010 Hartwell Investigator Marie Egan, MD, Yale University
2010 Hartwell Investigator Jack Bui, MD, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2010 Hartwell Investigator Randi Silver, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University