2006 Inaugural Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical
Memphis, TN, April 01, 2007 -- The Hartwell
Foundation today officially announced its 2006 inaugural
Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards,
which provides funding to individual researchers at
eligible research institutions in the United States for
three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. The
Foundation chose twelve Hartwell Investigators to
receive an Award:
Frederic G. Barr, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School
of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, for "Role of Overexpressed MicroRNAs in the Pediatric Cancer Alveolar
Kenneth M. Brady, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of
Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesiology,
School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, for
"Measuring Vascular Reactivity in Children with Brain
Injury: Defining Autoregulation to Improve ICU Care."
Sean B. Fain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health,
The University of Wisconsin, for "Functional Magnetic
Resonance Imaging of the Lungs in Early Childhood
Guoping Feng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Neurobiology, School of Medicine, Duke University, for
"Unraveling Brain Circuitry Defects in
Bruce Klein, MD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics,
Internal Medicine, and Medical Microbiology and
Immunology, School of Medicine and Public Health, The
University of Wisconsin, for "Stemming the Growing Tide
of Systemic Fungal Infections in Children"
Guosheng Liang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department
of Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center, for "Insig-Mediated Regulation of
Cholesterol Homeostasis in Cleft Palate"
Andrew A. Pieper, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
Departments of Psychiatry and Biochemistry, University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for "Discovery of
Small Molecules Having Neurogenic Efficacy for Treatment
of Childhood Schizophrenia"
Gary A. Silverman, MD, Ph.D., Professor, Department of
Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of
Pittsburgh, for "Development of an in vivo Model of
Conformational Disease for High Throughput Genetic and
Jingdong Tian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering,
Duke University, for "New Technologies and Methods for
Developing Optimized Quick-Response DNA Vaccines for
James A. Wells, Ph.D., Professor, Department of
Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University
of California San Francisco, for "Novel Drug Targets for Leukemias."
Victor C. Yang, Ph.D., Professor, Department of
Pharmaceutical Science, College of Pharmacy, The
University of Michigan, for "Synchronized MRI and Drug
Therapy for Pediatric Brain Tumors."
Jian Zuo, Ph.D., Associate Member, Department of
Developmental Neurobiology, St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, for "Hair Cell Regeneration by Inactivating
Genes in the Rb Pathway in Supporting Cells in Mice."
The Hartwell Foundation is honored to provide
financial support to these outstanding researchers in
biomedical research. Each qualifying institution
nominated exceptional individuals, representing
impeccable science, each with high relevance in terms of
potential benefit to children. In each case, the
Foundation took into account the institutional
commitment to provide technical support to the
investigator, the role of collaboration in the proposed
research, and translational approaches that could
promote rapid clinical application of research results
to the patient.
2006 Hartwell Investigator Sean Fain, Ph.D.
(R) with 2006 Hartwell Fellow James Holmes,
Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin Madison
2006 Hartwell Investigator Jingdong Tian,
Ph.D., Duke University
2006 Hartwell Investigator Guosheng Liang,
Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern
Investigator Frederic G. Barr, MD, Ph.D.
(front) with coworkers