September 24, 2009 > New NIH High-Risk Research Awards announced

The NIH announced 115 new High-Risk Research Awards totaling $348 million: 42 Transformative R01 Awards, 18 Pioneer Awards, and 55 New Innovator Awards for early-stage investigators.  The intent of these awards is to encourage investigators to explore bold ideas that have the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health.  We congratulate the Damon Runyon scientists who are recipients of these awards.

Transformative R01 Award:
• Benjamin F. Cravatt, PhD (Fellowship Award Committee Member), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla
• Linda G. Griffith, PhD (Innovation Award Committee Member), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
• Muneesh Tewari, MD, PhD (Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator ‘09-‘11, Damon Runyon Fellow ‘01), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
• Mark J. Zylka, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ‘00-‘03), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Pioneer Award:
• Markus W. Covert, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ‘04-‘06), Stanford University, Stanford

New Innovator Award:
• Alla Grishok, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ‘02-‘05), Columbia University, New York
• John L. Rinn, PhD (Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator ‘09-‘11, Damon Runyon Fellow ‘05-‘07), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston
• Pardis C. Sabeti, MD, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ‘04-‘06), Harvard University, Cambridge
• Wenying Shou, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ‘02-‘05), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle

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