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2008 TAPITMAT Award Recipients

We are delighted to announce the third round of successful applications for the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics’ (ITMAT) Transdisciplinary Award Program (TAPITMAT), supported by the School of Medicine. The quality of all applications was extremely high and the funding decisions, made by members of the Internal Advisory Board, were extremely difficult.

The selected projects range across the breadth of biology, integrate diverse disciplines and investigators from many schools of Penn, the Wistar Institute, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia reflecting their interaction in the context of the Clinical and Translational Science Award. They are uniformly of high scientific quality, interdisciplinary and translational in nature.

ITMAT is delighted with the number and quality of applications responsive to this call for awards and will continue to develop the program further in future years for awards and hopes to develop the program further in future years.

Recipients

Eliot Friedman, M.D., Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Max Kelz, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine
Neural inertia: an obstacle to cognitive return, a new view of arousal state control

Namni Goel, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Maja Bucan, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, School of Medicine
Genotyping neurobehavioral phenotypic responses to partial sleep deprivation in humans

Zissimos Mourelatos, M.D., Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine
Marianthi Kiriakidou, M.D., Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Scott Diamond, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Small molecule modulators of human microRNPs: discovery and validation

Donald Siegel, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine
Sergei Vinogradov, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine
Khalil Bdeir, Ph.D., Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine
Targeted therapy for blocking ADAMTS13 autoantibodies that cause thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Susan Ross, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine
Sara Cherry, Ph.D. Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine
Identification of targets for therapeutic intervention of new world arenavirus entry

Dwight Stambolian, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
John Rux, Ph.D., Center for Systems and Computational Biology, Wistar Institute
Randy Zauhar, Ph.D., Chemistry & Biochemistry; Bioinformatics & Computer Science, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Potential therapy of age-related macular degeneration with small molecules

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.itmat.upenn.edu.

Garret A. FitzGerald, MD
Director, ITMAT

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