The inaugural winners of the President’s Award for Innovative Research at Baylor College of Medicine have been announced, with each one awarded $100,000 to be used over the next year to help launch new projects.    

The pilot-grant program was created to support cutting-edge research that shows exceptional potential for transformational impact leading to groundbreaking biomedical discoveries or advances.

“The reason I initiated this grant program is to boost our longstanding tradition of innovative research,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “I look forward to hearing the progress of these new projects as well as new ideas for next year’s submissions.”

Out of 50 research projects submitted, five were chosen by a committee appointed by Dr. Adam Kuspa, senior vice president of research at Baylor.

The winners include:

  • Dr. John Belmont, professor of molecular and human genetics – Stable biomarkers for diagnosis of fetal teratogen exposure
  • Dr. David Corry, professor of medicine – Biased agonism through Toll-like receptor 4
  • Dr. J. David Dickman, professor of neuroscience, Dr. Matthew Rasband, professor of neuroscience – Development of magnetogenetics for non-invasive neuromodulation
  • Dr. Grzegorz Ira, associate professor of molecular and human genetics – Break induced replication and DNA2 as a target in cancer therapy

Each winner will present a progress report, and the grants will be eligible for renewal.