June 2011 Awards

Maria Hatzoglou, PhD, professor, Department of Nutrition, has received a Merit Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study a novel signaling mechanism that promotes cell death in response to stress. The prestigious Merit Award provides a five-year, renewable grant of $2.6 million to expand upon Dr. Hatzoglou’s prior research and better ascertain the molecular factors that determine cell fate in response to stress. With grant support from the National Institute of Health’s NIDDK over the past 10 years, Dr. Hatzoglou has produced innovative work concerning the molecular mechanisms of gene expression in cells that are exposed to diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, in addition to other environmental and nutritional stressors. It is known that cells tend to succumb, rather than to adapt, to prolonged stress. Dr. Hatzoglou’s research has identified several pathways used by cells to adapt to the reduced availability of nutrients. The studies underwritten by the Merit Award funding will provide greater insight into how cells react to stress, establishing a greater basis for the development of new drugs used to prevent the death of healthy cells.

Merit Awards, which stand for “Method to Extend Research Time,” provide outstanding investigators with the opportunity for long-term stable grant support with the aim of enhancing their continued scientific creativity and lessening the administrative burdens associated with filing competing grant applications.

Posted by: Alma Martin, June 30, 2011 04:49 PM | News Topics: Awards

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