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TSRI Scientist is Named Pew Scholar

La Jolla, CA. June 18, 1997-- Roberta A. Sanchez Gottlieb, M.D., Assistant Member in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been named a 1997 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. She joins twenty-one other young scientists throughout the U.S. in receiving this prestigious award created to support a new generation of biomedical researchers.

Since 1985, the Pew Charitable Trusts have provided more than $51 million for the support of 260 scholars. Each of the scholars, who are junior faculty members at medical schools and research institutions across the U.S., will receive a total award of $200,000 to help support his or her research over a four-year period. The awards, granted to young investigators who show outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences, are intended to encourage scholarly innovation in their research and help them advance the state of knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Gottlieb's research involves an exploration of the causes of cystic fibrosis. Her studies link the most common genetic mutation associated with cystic fibrosis to the principal feature of the disease -- the accumulation of thick, sticky mucous in the airways and other exocrine organs -- and may lead to the identification and development of new therapeutic agents to better control the disease. Gottlieb received both undergraduate and medical degrees from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Further training included postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and The Scripps Research Institute. She was appointed to the scientific staff at TSRI in 1994 and currently holds joint appointments at UCSD School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego.

Gottlieb is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Young Investigator Certificate of Merit; Fellowship, Cancer Research Foundation of America; Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Minority Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association; American Society for Hematology Junior Faculty Scholar Award; and Nakatomi Health Science Foundation Travel Award.

This year, nominations from more than 80 institutions were received. The scholars were chosen by a 13-member national advisory committee appointed by the board of directors of The Pew Charitable Trusts and chaired by Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, president of The Rockefeller University.

The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of conservation and the environment, culture, education, health and human services, public policy and religion. Through their grant making, the Trusts seek to encourage individual development and personal achievement, cross-disciplinary problem solving, and innovative, practical approaches to meet the changing needs of society.

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