The Los Angeles-based W.M. Keck Foundation has announced this year's class of Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research. The program, which makes awards to five scholars each year, is designed to support innovative research by young investigators who exhibit promise and academic leadership.
This year's recipients are Aaron DiAntonio of Washington University in St. Louis; K. Christopher Garcia of Stanford University; Randy A. Hall of Emory University; Catherine Woolley of Northwestern University; and Phillip D. Zamore of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
"From an exceptionally strong field of candidates, this year's recipients stand out as among the most promising and creative young minds in biomedicine today," said Robert A. Day, chairman and president of the foundation. "We look forward to their contributions for many years to come."
The five-year, $25 million initiative addresses the difficulties many talented young researchers face in securing funding by awarding up to $1 million to each recipient's institution to support the scholar's research activities and to purchase the necessary equipment and resources for a period of up to five years. Applicants were nominated by their academic institutions and then evaluated by the foundation's medical research staff, an outside panel of scientific experts, and the Young Scholars' Scientific Advisory Committee. The program, which was launched in 1999, will select its final five recipients next year.