Vol 9. Issue 20 / June 29, 2009


Laura Bohn Wins 2009 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award
Laura Bohn, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at The Scripps Research Institute's Florida campus, has been awarded the 2009 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award for her outstanding early achievements in the field of drug abuse. The award, which is sponsored by The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, is given annually to a scientist under the age of 40.

"It's a tremendous honor to be given this award," Bohn said, "particularly because it comes from The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, which has been a research leader in the understanding, treatment and prevention of drug abuse. While I'm grateful for the recognition of my work, this award is also a recognition of the continued importance of the study of drug abuse and what that means for our society as a whole."

Bohn accepted the award on June 21, 2009, at the Plenary Session of the College's 71st annual meeting, which was held in Reno/Sparks, Nevada.

Jorg Grandl and Xiaofei Zhang Win AHA Fellowships

Research Associate Jorg Grandl of the Patapoutian lab and Research Associate Xiaofei Zhang of the Jegla Lab have won two-year American Heart Association Fellowships. Grandl will pursue a project titled "Structure and Function of TRP Channel Thermosensation." Zhang will conduct a project titled "The Function of Elk (KV12) Potassium Channels."

Ileana Slavin Wins 2009 Pew Latin American Fellowship to Study in Loring Lab

Ileana Slavin of Argentina's Universidad Católica de Córdoba has been named a 2009 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Charitable Trust's Latin American Fellows Program is designed to further the development of outstanding scientists by providing them with excellent training in high-quality scientific laboratories in the United States. Slavin will use the support to study gene expression of stem cells with Professor Jeanne Loring at the Scripps Research Institute.


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San Diego Mayor Visits Scripps Research

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (left) visited the Scripps Research California campus on June 15. Sanders toured the laboratory of Professor Stephen Mayfield, who is spearheading an effort to make San Diego a hub of research in algae-based fuels. Photo by Kevin Fung.


American Cancer Society Recognizes ScrippsAssists

ScrippsAssists, the Scripps Research employee volunteer group, has won a recognition award from the American Cancer Society (ACS) for participation in Daffodil Days, an ACS fundraiser. Here, Leslie Madden, who organized the Daffodil Days campaign on the La Jolla campus, poses with Sara Hammerle, a manager with the American Cancer Society. Photo by Kevin Fung.