The Los Angeles-based W. M. Keck Foundation has announced the third class of grant recipients under its Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research program.
The Young Scholars program — a five-year, $25 million initiative designed to support groundbreaking research into the fundamental mechanisms of human disease — was developed in response to the difficulty many talented young researchers have securing sufficient funding for their pursuit of promising but unproven ideas. Under the program, each grant recipient's institution will receive an award of up to a total of $1 million to support the scientist's research activities for a period of up to five years, as well as enable the institution to purchase necessary equipment and resources to facilitate their ongoing study. Five additional investigators will be chosen in each of the next two years for a total class of twenty-five. Each applicant was nominated by his or her academic institution and then evaluated individually by the foundation's medical research staff, an outside panel of scientific experts, and the "Young Scholars" Scientific Advisory Committee.
The 2001 Keck Distinguished Young Scholars are: Michael Caterina, M.D., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine); Barry Condron, Ph.D. (University of Virginia); Katrina Forest, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison); Xi He, Ph.D. (Harvard Medical School); Kelsey C. Martin, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles).
"Our third class of Distinguished Young Scholars strengthens my confidence in this exciting program," said Keck Foundation chairman and president Robert A. Day. "The Committee has once again succeeded in identifying five of the nation's most creative and promising young scientists from an exceptionally strong field of applicants."