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Of Note

Jeffery W. Kelly Wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Jeffery W. Kelly, Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has won the prestigious 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Jeremy Knowles Award, which recognizes and promotes the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences.

Kelly was cited for his research in protein-folding diseases, specifically “discerning the mechanism of transthyretin aggregation causing neurodegeneration and for the discovery of a drug that slows the underlying etiology of a human amyloid disease.”

In addition to £2,000 and a medal, the award includes a lecture tour in the U.K. The 175-year-old Royal Society of Chemistry is the U.K’s professional body for chemical scientists, promoting, supporting and celebrating chemistry. The award’s namesake, chemist and biochemist Jeremy Knowles, formed the Enzyme Group at Oxford University, later joining Harvard University faculty, where his enzymatic research was fundamental for understanding enzyme function in illnesses, knowledge still used in current drug discovery.

For additional information on Kelly and his research, visit his biosketch page and lab website.

George Campbell Receives Dorris Neuroscience Travel Award

George Campbell of the Encalada lab has received the 2016 Helen Dorris Graduate Student Travel Award, given to a senior graduate student ready to present project findings just prior to his or her PhD defense.

A fifth-year graduate student, Campbell’s project, “Multi-motor coordination by Kinesin-1 and Kinesin-3 regulates the axonal transport of synaptic vesicle proteins,” focuses on the cellular process of axonal transport, affected in multiple neurodegenerative diseases.

Philanthropist Dorris, a San Diego State University professor emeritus and mental health advocate, founded TSRI’s Dorris Neuroscience Center, which addresses many of the most important problems facing contemporary molecular and behavioral neuroscience.

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Professor Jeffery Kelly has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Jeremy Knowles Award. (Photo by Jennifer Catacutan.)

Philanthropist Helen Dorris (left) congratulates graduate student George Campbell on receiving the 2016 Helen Dorris Graduate Student Travel Award at the recent Founders Day reception. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)