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Dr. Rebekah Evans Receives K99 Award

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Dr. Rebekah Evans, Research Fellow with the Cellular Neurophysiology Unit has received a highly competitive BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition K99 Award. The BRAIN Initiative seeks to deepen understanding of the inner workings of the human mind and to improve how we treat, prevent, and cure disorders of the brain and it’s award program is designed to increase biomedical research workforce diversity and foster a strong cohort of new, highly skilled and well trained independent investigators from underrepresented groups working in research areas supported by the Initiative. Her project, Dissecting the Inhibitory Architecture of Basal Ganglia Output, focuses on creating a functional map of the inhibitory circuits that influence dopamine neuron activity. This award is an outstanding accomplishment!

Dr. Erin Beck Receives MS Society Career Transition Award

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The award addresses the need of finding a way to restore function and stop MS by fostering the development and productivity of young scientists who have potential to make significant contributions to MS research and to help ensure the future and stability of MS research. The award targets current postdoctoral trainees who demonstrate both commitment and exceptional potential to conduct MS-related research. It provides monetary funds over five years to support a two year period of advanced postdoctoral training in MS research as well as an additional three years of funding when she’s independent. Congratulations, Erin!

Dr. Dimah Saade Receives the ASGCT Excellence in Research Award

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NINDS Clinical Fellow Dr. Dimah Saade from the Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section received the Excellence in Research Award for students and Fellows at the 2019 American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) annual meeting. Her abstract, Review of Safety and Interim Analysis of Efficacy of a First-in-human Intrathecal Gene Transfer Study for Giant Axonal Neuropathy, was one of the top six selected by a review committee and was announced during the George Stamatoyannopoulos Memorial Lecture.

 

Dr. James Park Receives K22 Award

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Clinical Fellow, James Park, M.D., Ph.D., from the Cell Biology and Biophysics Section has received a K22 Career Transition Award for NINDS Intramural Clinician-Scientists. Dr. Park’s work aims to help people affected by retinitis pigmentosa and Alzheimer’s disease. His research focus is to define a structural interaction involving glutamylation, a post-translational modification found in retinal cells and to elucidate genetic glutamylation requirements in hippocampal cells.