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Takayuki Ota Wins HIV Research Award

Scripps Research Institute Assistant Professor Takayuki Ota is one of 12 grant recipients in the international research program, “Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research” (CNIHR), sponsored by the International AIDS Society in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for AIDS Research.

CNIHR aims to promote innovative research and novel ideas from early-stage investigators whose primary focus has been in fields of scientific inquiry other than HIV.

“The studies supported in this grant program span from basic to clinical science on HIV and its associated comorbidities and co-infections,” said Jack Whitescarver, director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research. “This research has the potential to produce an immediate impact, as well as to lead to future advances in AIDS research.”

Ota works with the Burton and Nemazee labs. His CNIHR research project is titled “Rapid characterization of NAbs in vivo using HoxA10 expanded HSC.”

Briana Weiser Receives Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Briana Weiser, a Scripps Research Kellogg School of Science and Technology graduate student working in the Tellinghuisen lab, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31 fellowship) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Kirschstein, for whom the award was named, was the first woman director of an NIH institute and a strong advocate for research training.

The fellowship is intended to provide support to promising scientists with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to participating NIH institutes and centers.

The title of her project is “Nipsnap1: A Novel Negative Regulator of Hepatitis C Virus Replication.”

Auditorium at TSRI Now Available for Event Booking

The Auditorium at TSRI, a 352-seat, acoustically renowned facility on the Torrey Pines Mesa, is now available to commercial, corporate, and nonprofit groups to rent for the upcoming season from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.

The auditorium, currently under lease to The Neurosciences Institute, will revert by mutual agreement to Scripps Research management on October 1, 2012. Situated at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, the auditorium offers celebrated acoustics, theater seating, and elegant contemporary architecture. Onsite event parking, reception area, and dining patio are available adjacent to the auditorium.

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CSULA MORE Scholars Tour Scripps California

A group of California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) students in the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Scholars program, which encourages minority students to pursue research careers, recently toured labs and met with faculty and graduate students to explore PhD opportunities at The Scripps Research Institute. Shown here are (left to right) CSULA chemistry students Antonia Flores and Maria Flores with Devin Sok, Scripps Research graduate student in the Burton lab.