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Vol. LXVI, No. 3
January 31, 2014

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Obama Honors Outstanding Early Career NIH Scientists

In late December, President Obama chose three NIH intramural scientists and 17 grantees for the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

“This presidential award is extremely prestigious and recognizes the achievements of scientists early in their career,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. “These scientists have demonstrated the value of their current work along with the promise of future discoveries to improve the health of our nation. We are very excited about the new PECASE recipients.”

Dr. Jessica Gill
Dr. Jessica Gill
Dr. Susan Harbison
Dr. Susan Harbison
Dr. Todd Macfarlan
Dr. Todd Macfarlan

The intramural awardees are:

Dr. Jessica Gill, Lasker clinical research scholar at NINR, “For an investigation of the predictors of neurological deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder onset following traumatic brain injury.”

Dr. Susan Harbison, Earl Stadtman investigator in NHLBI’s Laboratory of Systems Genetics, “For studies on the impact of drugs on genetic networks affecting sleep.”

Dr. Todd Macfarlan, head of the unit on mammalian epigenome reprogramming in NICHD’s Program in Genomics of Differentiation, “For research on mechanisms of mammalian epigenome reprogramming.”

Grantee winners include Dr. Debra Auguste, City College of New York; Dr. Jeremy Clark, University of Washington; Dr. Damien Fair, Oregon Health and Science University; Dr. Thomas Fazzio, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Dr. Andrew Goodman, Yale University School of Medicine; Dr. Xue Han, Boston University; Dr. Richard Ho, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Dr. Shingo Kajimura, University of California at San Francisco; Dr. Young Kim, Yale University School of Medicine; Dr. Gaby Maimon, Rockefeller University; Dr. Sandra McAllister, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Quyen Nguyen, University of California at San Diego; Dr. Sallie Permar, Duke University School of Medicine; Dr. Katherine Radek, Loyola University Chicago; Dr. Katherine Rauen, University of California at San Francisco; Dr. Ida Spruill, Medical University of South Carolina; Dr. Andrew Yoo, Washington University School of Medicine.

Since the program began in 1996, NIH has funded 233 PECASE recipients. The NIH awardees will take their places along with 102 other highly accomplished scientists from a number of federal agencies. The young scientists will be honored by the President at a White House ceremony sometime in 2014.



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