OHSU Vollum Institute researchers receive prestigious NIH awards

From left: Drs. Mandel, Adelman, Brehm, and Baconguis.

This morning, the NIH announced the 2013 recipients of its prestigious, High Risk-High Reward Research Awards—two of which were given to investigators at OHSU’s Vollum Institute.

Vollum faculty members Gail Mandel, Ph.D., John Adelman, Ph.D., and Paul Brehm, Ph.D., along with Joshua Rosenthal, Ph.D., from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences, received one of 10 Transformational Research Awards, meant to promote interdisciplinary research that could potentially change existing paradigms. The focus of their project, “Site-directed RNA editing: a new method to correct disease causing mutations,” is to develop a novel strategy to recode molecules in cells to fix mutations in faulty genes.

The second OHSU award went to the Vollum’s Isabelle Baconguis, Ph.D., who was one of 15 recipients of the Early Independence Award. This award is given to exceptional junior scientists who have just finished their doctoral degrees so that they can skip postdoctoral training and move directly into an independent faculty position. Receiving this award speaks very highly for her potential as an independent investigator, as well as for the training environment provided by OHSU’s Neuroscience Graduate Program (and her graduate mentor, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.)

Check out the OHSU News release or the NIH press release for more info.

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