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Three Life Science Funding Awards Given to Columbia Reserarchers

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Nov 05, 2013

Three researchers at Columbia University recently received NIH awards ranging from $1.9 million to $4 million in life science funding over the next five years. The prizes, part of the Health High Risk-High Reward program, were awarded to researchers whose work suggests highly original approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. The winners are Rafael Yuste, Ozgur Sahin, and Christine Ann Denny.

 “NIH is excited to continue support of visionary investigators, among all career stages, pursuing science with the potential to transform scientific fields and accelerate the translation of scientific research into improved health,’’ said director of the National Institutes of Health Francis S. Collins.

Dr. Yuste is working toward a unified theory of and computational formula for the cerebral cortex. “People have been studying the brain seriously for the past hundred years, but now neuroscience is in an exciting time because of the applications of all kinds of new techniques,” he said in a Columbia University article. Dr. Yuste is a professor of biological sciences and co-director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science.

Dr. Sahin has developed an advanced microscope that the professor of biological sciences uses to study substances on the nanoscale. His work has an impact on health and disease prevention as well as alternative energy. “Scientists are always working on making better microscopes to see smaller and smaller things, but what my lab wants to do is to identify not only the shapes and locations of objects but what their physical properties are,” Sahin said.


Columbia University

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The third NIH prize winner, Dr. Denny, works in the department of Psychiatry. Her work is focused on researching the mechanism of the hippocampus and how memory functions, especially in studying memory disorders like Alzheimer’s. More information on these latest NIH prizes can be found on the Columbia University website.

Lab suppliers working to meet researchers with available life science funding may want to learn more about Columbia University’s recent research funding statistics. So far in 2013, the NIH has awarded Columbia University $346.6 million. In addition to receiving funding from the NIH, Columbia University also received $95 million from the NSF in 2012. For 2012 funding information on Columbia University, including a list of the best NIH-funded departments and a list of the top projects receiving NSF funding, please read our blog article Research Funding Totals $456.1M at Columbia University.

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