2012 Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards
Memphis, TN, April 01, 2013 -- The Hartwell Foundation today officially announced the winners of 2012 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, which offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Twelve individuals, representing eight institutions, were selected as Hartwell Investigators; four institutions each received two awards:
Jennifer Charlton, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia for "Identifying Children at Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease: Utilizing Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Count Nephrons"
Stephanie C. Eisenbarth, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University for "Achieving Allergen Tolerance in Children with Asthma through Dendritic Cell Paralysis"
Angie Gelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, Davis for "Novel Drug Delivery System Targeting the Blood-Brain Barrier for the Treatment of Childhood Brain Tumors"
Matthew A. Halanski, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Bone Growth Following Periosteal Resection: Utilization of a Novel Bio-Delivery System to Regulate the Expansion of the Growth Plate"
Saptarsi Haldar, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University for "Creating a New Treatment Approach for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy"
Mary R. Hutson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University for "Prenatal Treatment of Hypoplastic Congenital Heart Defects by Modulation of Calcium Signaling During Development"
Peter Kasson, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia for "Improving the Treatment of Infections in Children with Cancer: Computational Modeling to Rapidly Identify and Overcome Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria"
Shannon McKinney-Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Member, Department of Hematology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for "Novel Molecular Regulators of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Specification: Expanding Access to Life-Saving Transplant Therapy"
Philip W. Shaul, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for "Novel Strategies for Fetal Protection During Antiphospholipid Syndrome"
Rob Striker, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Resensitizing Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria with Novel Kinase Inhibitors"
Paul Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Member, Department of Immunology, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for "Preventing Infections in Children Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation: Boosting First Responder Immune T Cell Expansion to Improve Outcomes"
Lin Tian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, for "Illuminating the Language of Neural Networks in Patient-iPSC Derived Brain Models with Down Syndrome"
The Hartwell Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to these exceptional scientists and engineers who are pursuing biomedical research to advance children’s health. The twelve award winning research proposals in 2012 represent innovative and cutting edge technology from research areas that include Cancer, Diagnostic Imaging, Infectious Disease, Medical Devices, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Tissue Engineering.
Each year The Hartwell Foundation invites a limited number of institutions in the United States to hold an internal open competition to nominate candidates from their faculty who are involved in early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources. Based upon the Nominees submitted, the Foundation selects the top ten researchers to receive a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award.
"In the 2012 competition it was evident that Nominees who achieved success were well prepared as a result of leveraging the internal support and guidance of their participating institution, as well as the experience of other Hartwell Investigators," said Fred Dombrose, President of The Hartwell Foundation.
The Foundation seeks to inspire innovation and achievement by offering individual researchers an opportunity to realize their professional goals. In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the compelling and 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 of the United States, 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.
2012 Hartwell Investigator Saptarsi Haldar, MD, Case Western Reserve University
2012 Hartwell Investigator Jennifer Charlton, MD, University of Virginia
2012 Hartwell Investigator Peter Kasson, MD, Ph.D., University of Virginia
2012 Hartwell Investigator Mary Hutson, Ph.D., Duke University
2012 Hartwell Investigator Philip Shaul, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2012 Hartwell Investigator Shannon McKinney-Freeman, Ph.D., St Jude Children's Research Hospital
2012 Hartwell Investigator Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, Ph.D., Yale University
2012 Hartwell Investigator Rob Striker, MD, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 Hartwell Investigator Lin Tian, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
2012 Hartwell Investigator Angie Gelli, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
2012 Hartwell Investigator Paul Thomas, Ph.D., St Jude Children's Research Hospital
2012 Hartwell Investigator Matthew Halanski, MD, University of Wisconsin-Madison