HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
UT Southwestern scientist receives NIH Director's Pioneer Award

DALLAS Sept. 19, 2006 -- Dr. Thomas Kodadek, chief of the Division of Translational Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has won a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, designed to support scientists of "exceptional creativity."

Dr. Kodadek is one of two scientists in Texas to receive the 2006 award, which honors each recipient with $500,000 per year for five years.

Now in its third year, the Pioneer Award has been given to 35 scientists. It is designed to allow researchers to pursue risky experiments that have the potential of producing highly innovative results. It is part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, which promotes interdisciplinary and innovative research.

Dr. Kodadek's research seeks substances that can diagnose and block specific immune responses without suppressing the entire immune system. This approach could one day be used to treat autoimmune diseases, cancer, infection and other conditions.

"I'm pleased on several levels," said Dr. Kodadek, holder of the Julie and Louis Beecherl Jr. Chair in Medical Science. "One can do a lot of science on that kind of money, but obviously to be recognized in an elite group like that is really an honor."

Dr. Kodadek has drawn on his education in organic chemistry to create a vast collection of "peptoids" molecules closely related to, but more stable than, the peptides that make up proteins. By arranging thousands of peptoids in a rectangular array on a microscope slide and washing blood plasma over them, the pattern of binding of the antibodies to the peptoids can then be visualized. By looking at samples from animals (and later patients) with a known disease, peptoids that bind antibodies closely associated with that disease can be recognized. This provides an unbiased method with which to search for diagnostically useful autoantibodies.

Knowledge of how those peptoids interact with antibodies might be harnessed to an
'"/>

Contact: Aline McKenzie
aline.mckenzie@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
19-Sep-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UT Southwestern joins national clinical trial to uncover long-term effects of West Nile virus
2. UT Southwestern leaders to receive national award for medical research accomplishments
3. UT Southwestern scientist named Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research
4. UT Southwestern researchers find gene mutation that leads to broken hearts
5. Plague agent helps UT Southwestern researchers find novel signaling system in cells
6. One of the nations first 7-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging devices for human studies planned at UT Southwestern Medical Center
7. DNA end caps may lead to cancer treatments, UT Southwestern researchers report
8. UT Southwestern scientist honored among best in Texas research
9. UT Southwestern scientist receives international award for pediatric research
10. UT Southwestern physician-researcher wins international award for lipid research
11. UT Southwestern scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... The 19th Annual ... science, data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its updated ... and change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science community ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 06, 2020 , ... Alucio™, ... to announce that Eric Chen and Jessica Wong have joined the company’s leadership ... Strategy, respectively. , Eric Chen heads development efforts for Alucio’s flagship product, Beacon, ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... II contract awarded by the Joint Science & Technology Office—Chemical and Biological Defense ... to develop, optimize, and scale-up a highly efficient mammalian cell culture-based bioprocess suitable ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/18/2020)... , ... July 17, 2020 , ... ... consulting firm for the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce ... of Clinical Research – Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 09, 2020 , ... ... therapy, today announced the hiring of Allen R. Nissenson, M.D., F.A.C.P., as its ... the clinical development of Sentien’s lead product, SBI-101. Dr. Nissenson serves as ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... June 29, 2020 , ... ... procured purchasing contracts to its membership, recently named BioFit Engineered Products ... the opportunity to purchase ergonomic seating, cafeteria tables, book trucks and carts at ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... Lumeda Inc. ... cancer, today announced the company has entered a license agreement with Roswell Park ... Lumeda globally exclusive rights to Roswell Park intellectual property surrounding a novel medical ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: