A Jupiter scientist’s ambitious proposal to take on more than 30 incurable illnesses including Lou Gehrig’s Disease has won a prestigious $4.8 million, five-year award announced Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.
Matthew D. Disney, a professor on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, has been awarded a 2015 Pioneer Award, one of 13 given this year.
The award is part of the federal agency’s High Risk, High Reward research program, officials said. Disney pitched a plan to defuse devastating illnesses by getting diseased cells to open their doors to chemical con artists that seek out and work only on them.
“Really what we want to do is show this works not just for one disease but many diseases,” Disney told The Palm Beach Post. “This is an immense challenge.”
The idea, as he put it in a statement that formally announced the award, is to “trick disease-affected cells into making their own drug against diseases for which there are no known cures.”
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Matthew D. Disney, a professor on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has been awarded a prestigious 2015 Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award, one of only 13 given this year, enables scientists to develop groundbreaking approaches with a significant impact on broad areas of biomedical science.
“This program has consistently produced research that revolutionized scientific fields by giving investigators the freedom to take risks and explore potentially groundbreaking concepts,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “We look forward to the remarkable advances in biomedical research the 2015 awardees will make.”
“This is a great honor not only for Matt and his lab, but for The Scripps Research Institute as well,” said TSRI’s President-Elect Steve Kay. “Matt’s work represents the kind of research the institute is known for—bold, imaginative and aimed at helping those people with the greatest medical needs. Our congratulations to Matt on this well-deserved achievement.”
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