The Hartwell Foundation


2009 Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards

Memphis, TN, April 01, 2010 -- The Hartwell Foundation today officially announced its 2009 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards,  which offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Ten individuals, representing nine institutions, were selected as Hartwell Investigators:

  • Richard Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Boston University, for "A Vaccine Against Streptococcus Pneumoniae Based on Bacterial Surface Proteins Phylogenically Certified as Highly Conserved."

  • Jonathan T. Butcher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, for "Anatomically Precise Engineered Living Valved Conduits for Pediatric Applications."

  • Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University, for "Host-Microbial Interactions Underlying Metabolic Syndrome."

  • Charles A. Gersbach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, for "Engineering Synthetic Enzymes for the Genetic Correction of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy."

  • Boris I. Gramatikov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, The Johns Hopkins University, for "Pediatric Vision Screening Instrument for Early Detection of Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)."

  • Asim Beg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, The University of Michigan, for "Activity-Dependent Remodeling of the Corticospinal Motor System."

  • Peter Murray, Ph.D., Associate Member, Departments of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for "Tumor Associated Macrophages: Molecular and Functional Dissection in Models of Childhood Solid Tumors."

  • Sanjay S. Joshi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis, for "New Human-Computer Interface for Severely Paralyzed Children

  • Michael Timko, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Virginia, for "Tailored Probiotic Delivery of Therapeutic Peptides for Prevention of and Recovery from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)."

  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Wisconsin, for "Genetics of the Innate Response of the Infant as a Potential Biomarker for Premature Birth."

The Hartwell Foundation is honored to provide financial support to these exceptional researchers pursuing  biomedical research to advance children’s health. The ten award-winning research proposals in 2009 represent innovative and cutting edge technology from disciplines that include molecular biology, diagnostics, infectious disease, tissue engineering and neurobiology.

In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the nature of the proposed innovation, the extent to which a strategic or translational approach might promote rapid clinical application of research results, the supportive role and extent of collaboration in the proposed research, and the institutional commitment to provide encouragement and technical support to the investigator.

2009 Hartwell Investigator Asim Beg, Ph.D., The University of Michigan

2009 Hartwell Investigator Ruth Ley, Ph.D., Cornell University

2009 Hartwell Investigator Jonathan Butcher, Ph.D., Cornell University

2009 Hartwell Investigator Richard Goldstein, Ph.D., Boston University

2009 Hartwell Investigator Michael Timko, Ph.D., University of Virginia

2009 Hartwell Investigator Boris Gramatikov, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

2009 Hartwell Investigator Peter Murray, Ph.D., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

2009 Hartwell Investigator Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

2009 Hartwell Investigator De-Ann Pillers, MD, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

2009 Hartwell Investigator Charles Gersbach, Ph.D., Duke University

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