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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Four Boston doctors named Howard Hughes investigators

From left, Daley, Engle, Haber and Karumanchi

Four Boston physician-scientists have been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in an initiative to promote patient-oriented research.

Dr. George Daley and Dr. Elizabeth Engle, both of Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Daniel Haber of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. S. Ananth Karumanchi of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are among 15 new HHMI Investigators. Boston has the most winners in this new group.

Daley is a world leader in hematopoetic and embryonic stem cell research; Engle has identified genetic factors behind disorders that limit patients’ control over their eye movements; Haber studies how individuals’ genetic mutations affect their response to cancer drugs; and Karumanchi has identified the soluble proteins produced by the placenta that can trigger pre-eclampsia in a pregnant mother.

HHMI received 242 applications from eligible candidates. The 15 selected physician-scientists from 13 institutions will receive a total

of about $150 million in their first five-year terms.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 07:00 AM
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