Penn Scientist Receives Senior Scholar Award from Ellison Medical Foundation for Aging Research

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 19, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - James Eberwine, PhD, professor of Pharmacology, at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a Senior Scholar Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. This supports basic biological research in aging, for $600,000 to be disbursed over the next four years. He is one of 20 investigators to receive this award.

“This grant will enable us to use cutting-edge technologies to assess the contribution of protein synthesis in modulating the aging cell phenotype,” says Eberwine. “One of the unique aspects of these studies is our ability to assess translation of multiple RNAs simultaneously in subregions of aging cells.” 

The Ellison Senior Scholar program in Aging is designed to support established investigators to conduct research in the basic biological sciences relevant to age-related diseases and disabilities. It supports the development of new, creative research programs by investigators who may not currently be conducting aging research or who may wish to develop new research programs in aging. The Award stimulates new research, which has rigorous scientific foundations, but which may not be currently funded adequately, because of its perceived novelty, its high risk, or because it is from an area where traditional research interests absorb most funding.

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