The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that Brian Cobb, assistant professor of pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is a 2008 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Recipient. As one of only 31 grant awardees in the nation, Cobb will receive a grant of $2.35 million over five years for his research program.
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award enables recipients to pursue exceptionally innovative approaches that could transform biomedical or behavioral science. Cobb is developing new tools to study how the immune system recognizes carbohydrate molecules and how they may be used in vaccine development. This prestigious grant, part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, was established in 2007.
"Nothing is more important to me than stimulating and sustaining deep innovation, especially for early career investigators and despite challenging budgetary times. These highly creative researchers are tackling important scientific challenges with bold ideas and inventive technologies that promise to break through barriers and radically shift our understanding," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni.
"I am deeply appreciative for receiving this award which will have a transformative effect on my research," said Cobb. "By linking immune responses against carbohydrates to the emerging field of glycomics, I hope to establish new pathways to fight infectious disease, cancer, autoimmunity, and other immune-mediated disorders."
In 2006, Cobb was named a Mt. Sinai Scholar at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and is currently funded through the Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) Research Trust to develop treatments for abscess formation in CGD, a congenital primary immunodeficiency disorder.
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