Two UM Professors receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Reposted from the Record Update:

UM Professors to receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

By Jared Wadley and Nicole Casal Moore
News Service

One research project will use brain activity to forecast the success of large-scale health campaigns. Another involves making artificial platelets from the ground up, and turning synthetic biology upside down in the process.

These projects earned two U-M scientists — Emily Falk and Allen Liu — the 2012 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.

Falk, an assistant professor of communication studies and psychology and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research, and Liu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, were announced as recipients Thursday at the organization’s symposium.

The U-M faculty members were among 51 researchers to get the award, which was established in 2007. It supports investigators who are within 10 years of their terminal degree or clinical residency, but who have not yet received a Research Project Grant (R01) or equivalent NIH grant, to conduct exceptionally innovative research.

This prestigious honor, which awards up to $1.5 million for five years, stimulates innovative research and supports promising new investigators…

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