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Two Columbia neuroscientists named Howard Hughes investigators

Two young scientists at Columbia University have been appointed as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators and will now receive research funding from HHMI. They are Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and geneticist, and Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D., a neuroscientist and biophysicist. They are among the 43 researchers recently chosen as new HHMI investigators, an honor bestowed only to the nation's most promising biomedical scientists.

"I am pleased to congratulate Oliver and Rafael on the high honor of becoming Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators," said David Hirsh, EVP of Research and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Columbia University. "These appointments validate Columbia University's commitment to developing the early careers of bright young faculty who will continue our tradition of taking science in new directions. The HHMI will afford these young faculty members the opportunity to pursue their scholarship to expand our knowledge of fundamental neuroscience."

"These appointments should enable Dr. Hobert to significantly further his research efforts into the nervous system, and to further Dr. Yuste's efforts to develop new therapeutic options for epilepsy both scientists have already contributed great work in these areas," said Gerald D. Fischbach, executive vice president, Columbia University Medical Center. "The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays an important role in supporting the work of some of our most adventurous scientists. Because HHMI provides a salary and research funding for its investigators, they are able to explore areas that are not well-supported by public grants. And because the investigators remain faculty members of their institutions, they are valued resources for colleagues and students."

Dr. Oliver Hobert is an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on molecular mechanis
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Contact: Elizabeth Streich
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212-305-6535
Columbia University Medical Center
1-Apr-2005


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