BWF Announces 2012 Career Awards for Medical Scientists

20 July 2012

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Board of Directors approved the awardees for 2012 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) at its May meeting.  The award provides $700,000 over five-years to help physician scientists obtain a faculty position and continue conducting research.  

“The physician-scientist is an important component in research,” said BWF President John Burris.  “Research that is informed by clinical experience helps to speed the process by which the research can benefit the patient.”  

Since CAMS creation in 2006, the program has funded 62 awards. The range of disciplines among the awardees is broad with genetics (18%) the largest discipline represented followed by neuroscience (12%), cell biology and regulation (10%), and immunology (10%).  

Of the 10 awarded funding, seven of the proposals are in the basic biomedical sciences and three are in translational research.  

The 2012 awardees are:  

Chetan Bettegowda, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Translational molecular profiling of oligodendrogliomas  

Scott Richard Floyd, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Insulating chromatin from DNA damage signaling: epigenetic modifications and connections to human cancer  

Benjamin Elison Gewurz, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Identification of novel NFkB pathway components important for lymphomagenesis  

Michael Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco
Memory regulatory T cells in inflammatory and autoimmune disease  

Michael Thomas Spiotto, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Chicago
Identification of chromosomal aberrations that cooperate with the human papillomavirus to cause cancer  

David Tsai Ting, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Characterization of non-coding RNAs in pancreatic adenocarcinoma  

Richard Chih-Chien Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas
Akt-mediated regulation of autophagy & tumorigenesis through formation of a beclin 1/keratin intermediate filament complex  

Kelley Yan, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Regulation of active and quiescent intestinal stem cells  

Ellen Yeh, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Function of the plastid organelle in P. falciparum: beyond isoprenoid precursor biosynthesis and blood stage  

Hao Zhu, M.D.
Harvard University
Investigating the Lin28/let-7 pathway in mouse models of liver cancer and regeneration  

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