Honors and Awards

Dr. Rudy Leibel (Molecular Genetics) received The Wertheimer Award for Basic Research in Obesity at the 12th Annual International Congress on Obesity, March 17-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The award recognizes outstanding basic research contributions to the obesity field.

The CHALK program is being highlighted on the AAP Community Pediatrics/Healthy Tomorrows Website. See the link: http://www2.aap.org/commpeds/Spotlights/Spotlight-CHALK.pdf

Dr. Meenakshi Rao (GI, Hepatology and Nutrition) received a grant in the amount of $57,734 by the NIDDK for her project entitled, “The role of glial cells in the enteric nervous system.”

Dr. Elena Ladas (Hematology, Oncology & SCT) received a $25,000 one year grant from the Rally Foundation for her project entitled, “Dietary Intake in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.”

Dr. Darrell Yamashiro (Hematology, Oncology & SCT) received a two year award from Hyundai for $250,000 beginning January 1, 2015.

Louis Z. Cooper, MD, Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, received a Special Achievement Award from the Measles and Rubella Initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Cooper was recognized for his work on rubella and congenital rubella syndrome that led to elimination of the disease in the United States.

Shan Zha, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, in the Institute for Cancer Genetics, received $315,000 over one year from the Irma T. Hirschl Trust for “Target ATM Mutation for Cancer Therapy.”

Dr. Adam Ratner (Infectious Diseases) was awarded a grant in the amount of $449,930 by the NIH for his project entitled, “DNase for Prevention of Reproductive Tract Infections in Pregnancy.”