LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A trio of young researchers were named today recipients of grants awarded by the Los Angeles-based Michelson Medical Research Foundation to support their work in the fields of human immunology, vaccine discovery and immunotherapy.
``We need disruptive thinkers and doers who dare to change the trajectory of the world for the better,'' Dr. Gary Michelson, founder and co- chair of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, said in a statement. ``Yet promising young researchers too often lack the opportunities, resources and freedom to explore their bold ideas. With the Michelson Prizes, we aim to provide early career investigators a vital boost for their forward-thinking approaches.''
Recipients of the $150,000 grants, which are presented in conjunction with the Human Vaccines Project, are Dr. Camila Consiglio, postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet; Dr. Rong Ma, postdoctoral fellow at Emory University; and Dr. Nicholas Wu, assistant professor at the University of Illinois.
``It is inspiring to see their passion for innovation and their courage to think out of the box,'' Dr. Wayne Koff, CEO and president of the Human Vaccines Project, said in a statement. ``I look forward to their future breakthrough discoveries and how their research can contribute to the Human Vaccines Project's mission of developing the first AI model of human immunity.''