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New Life Science Grant Awarded to UCSD Neuroscience Researcher

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

A neuroscience researcher at the University of California, San Diego recently received a new life science grant that will support her studies with $100,000 per year for the next three years. Dr. MJ Harbert, MD, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD. Her project, “Brain Activity During Birth for Prediction of Newborns at Risk for Brain Injury,” has gained her recognition from The Hartwell Foundation, who named her a recipient of an Individual Biomedical Research Award.

 “Dr. Harbert’s research has the potential to greatly improve medical care for newborns at risk for brain injury,” said William Mobley, MD, PhD, and chair of the Department of Neurosciences. “As a clinician turned clinician-researcher, she has a hands-on perspective of the challenges that doctors and nurses caring for these infants face, and how neuroscientists can help find solutions.”

Dr. Harbert’s new life science research funding will allow her to focus her studies on indentifying infants at risk for brain injury. She is improving the ways doctors monitor the neonatal brain and has suggested that abnormal electrical brain activity in the beginning of the birthing process puts infants at risk for neurocognitive impairment and physical disabilities due to the risk of asphyxia, which occurs when infants are deprived of oxygen.


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Dr. Harbert

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“When I went into neonatal neurology, I saw a huge need for research to help newborns in San Diego, and throughout the world,” said Dr. Harbert. “What’s so great about The Hartwell Foundation is that they are willing to risk supporting my very early stage ideas. I am honored to win this award.”

Dr. Harbert’s new life science grant is just one of the awards researchers at UCSD receive for groundbreaking new studies. Life science sales leads are abundant at the University of California, San Diego given the wealth of life science research funding the university receives. Over the past five years, the University of California, San Diego has obtained $4.9 billion in research funding. UCSD raises an average of $82 million in new grants per month. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health gave the University of California, San Diego $362 million in life science research funding. The University of California, San Diego also received $1 billion in research funding in 2012-2013.

Lab suppliers working to increase life science sales in California may be interested in taking advantage of these new life science grants at University of California, San Diego in Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.’s UCSD life science vendor show. On August 28th, 2014, we will host our Biotechnology Vendor Showcase™ Event at the University of California, San Diego. Last year, this event attracted over 600 attendees, of which 214 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 83 were lab managers.


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