The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced the 2018 class of Pew scholars and fellows in the biomedical sciences.
Chosen through Pew's biomedical scholars, Latin American fellows, and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research programs, the thirty-seven early-career scientists will receive grants to study complex biomedical puzzles that could translate into therapies and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. Twenty-two researchers at the assistant professor level will receive $300,000 over four years to advance their explorations of the biological mechanisms underpinning human health and disease. In addition, five Pew-Stewart Scholars will receive four-year grants of $300,000 to invest in cutting-edge cancer research; that program is funded by the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust. And ten Latin American postdoctoral fellows will receive $60,000 over two years; participants who return to Latin America after their fellowship and establish independent labs will receive an additional $70,000 for the purchase of equipment and supplies.
The 2018 awardees are investigating a wide range of research topics, including how infections develop, the structure and function of cells and tissues, the immune system and cancer, the spread of cancer, gene control, and the senses and neurobiology. The selected investigators will join a thriving community of nearly a thousand biomedical scientists from diverse research backgrounds and will meet annually with other program participants to discuss their work and exchange ideas with peers in fields outside other than their own.
"For nearly thirty-five years, Pew has channeled creativity in the biomedical sciences through the biomedical scholars, Latin American fellows, and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research programs, which award multiyear grants to promising early-career scientists in the United States and Latin America," said Pew project director for biomedical programs Kara Coleman. "These scholars and fellows will advance their explorations of biological mechanisms that lay the groundwork for human health and disease."
For a complete list of the 2018 Pew scholars and fellows, see the Pew Charitable Trusts website.