November 2011

Member update

Cerione, Honkanen win NIH awards for transformative work 

Member_update_CerioneMember_Update_HonkanenRichard A. Cerione, left, of Cornell University and Richard E. Honkanen at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine were among the 2011 recipients of the Common Fund’s NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award. The initiative, which previously was the Transformative Research Project, supports unconventional and innovative research projects that potentially could create or overturn fundamental paradigms. These projects tend to be inherently risky and may not fare well in conventional NIH review. The initiative supports research projects rather than individuals. Cerione is part of a team that got the award for the project “Succinylation and malonylation as novel protein modifications in cancer.” Honkanen received his award for his “Methods to enable cholesterol catabolism in human monocyte derived macrophages” project. 

Hammond, Weibel among winners of NIH innovator prizes 

Beaumont_house_HammondMember_updatel_WeibelMing C. Hammond at the University of California, Berkeley, and Douglas B. Weibel at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, each received an NIH Director’s New Innovator award. The awards aim to stimulate cutting-edge research done by exceptional new investigators. The program is different from traditional NIH grants, because it supports new investigators who have highly innovative and unusually creative research ideas but may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant. Hammond won hers for a project called “A chemical biology approach to tagging RNAs in live cells.” Weibel received his award for the project “Revisiting the bacterial cell wall as a target for new antibiotics.” 

Bass, Clemons get NIH 'Pioneer' awards for their proposals 


Brenda L. Bass at the University of Utah and William M. Clemons at the California Institute of Technology received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for 2011. The Pioneer Awards are designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and potentially transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. Bass received her award for her proposal titled “Cellular double-stranded RNA as a signal of stress, immunity, and aging.” Clemons’ project will focus on novel approaches to study membrane proteins.

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