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American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Young Investigator Award Winners 2015
Transformative research in the field of cell biology, neuroanatomy, and anatomical science
By: American Association of Anatomists
Young Investigator awards recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, comparative neuroanatomy, developmental biology, or the morphological sciences.
The 2015 Young Investigator Award winners are:
R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology
Bungo Akiyoshi, Ph.D., of the University of Oxford, will be honored for his early contributions to the field of anatomy through discovery, ingenuity and publication in the field of cell biology. He will present a lecture, “Discovery of Unconventional Kinetochores in Kinetoplastids,”
C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy
Feng Zhang, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be honored for his contributions to the field of comparative neuroanatomy. He will give a lecture, “Development and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Manipulations,”
H. W. Mossman Award in Developmental Biology
Dirk Hockemeyer, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkley, will be honored with a plaque for his early contributions to the field of developmental biology. Dr. Hockemeyer will also present a lecture, “Elucidating Telomerase Function in Human Tumor and Stem Cell,” on Sunday, March, 29th at EB. Dr. Hockemeyer’ s research goal is to elucidate the role of telomerase and telomere function in human stem cells during aging and during tumorigenesis, to specifically target cancer cells and to intervene with cancer progression.
Morphological Sciences Award
Richard Daneman, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego, will be honored for his important contributions to biomedical science through research in the morphological sciences. He will present a lecture, “Regulation of the Blood-Brain Barrier in Health and Disease,” on Monday, March 30th at EB. Dr. Daneman’s research focuses on all aspects of the blood-brain barrier, including the development of this crucial barrier, how the barrier is integrated into the neuronal circuitry to regulate brain function and behavior, and how dysfunction of the barrier contributes to different diseases.
About AAA: The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the “advancement of anatomical science.” Today, via research, education and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.
About Experimental Biology (EB): EB is an annual meeting comprised of over 14,000 scientists representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies. Primary focus areas include anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, nutrition and pharmacology. EB is open to all members of the sponsoring and guest societies and nonmembers interested in the latest research impacting life sciences. Attendees represent scientists, academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private corporations.