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McDonnell Foundation Announces Grants for 2003, The 21st Century Science Research Awards Grants Continue the Commitment to Founder`s Vision

Posted on: 11/14/2003

November 13, 2003 12:43 PM US Eastern Timezone

McDonnell Foundation Announces Grants for 2003, The 21st Century Science Research Awards; Grants Continue the Commitment to Founder's Vision

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2003--Reflecting James S. McDonnell's vision of supporting new knowledge by promoting learning and research in fields with the power to improve our lives, officials of the James S. McDonnell Foundation have announced $7.2 million in grants in support of its continuing program, the 21st Century Research Awards.

Founded in 1950 by the late aerospace pioneer and founder of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, James S. McDonnell's belief that science and technology gives mankind the power to shape knowledge for the future. "Mr. Mac's" vision continues to be realized through the research these grants are supporting.

The 21st Century Science Initiative awards two types of grants in three program areas: Bridging Brain, Mind and Behavior, Brain Cancer Research and Studying Complex Systems.

For 2003, twenty awards will be awarded to researchers around the world.

The McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Research Awards for 2003 are:

In the Area of Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior:

Columbia University, New York, New York, Oculomotor proprioception and spatial behavior, Principal Investigator: Michael Goldberg, $450,000 over three years.

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Cognitive performance and cortical reorganization in blindness, Principal Investigator: Ehud Zohary, $450,000 over three years.

Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland, Real-time neural connectivity in natural language perception and production, Principal Investigator: Riitta Salmelin, $450,000 over four years.

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France, Exploring the organization of the infant brain with functional imaging, Principal Investigator: Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz, $423,100 over six years.

New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, A non-invasive brain-computer interface for prosthesis control, Principal Investigator: Jonathan Wolpaw, $450,000 over five years.

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, California, Beyond receptive fields in visual cortex, Principal Investigator: Matteo Carandini, $310,716 over three years.

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Coordinating mental, motor, and perceptual constraints in language, Principal Investigator: Diana Archangeli, $93,770 over one year.

University of California-Davis, Davis, California, Neural correlates of auditory fill-in, Principal Investigator: Mitchell Sutter, $449,696 over five years.

In the area of Studying Complex Systems:

Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, Ecosystem engineers, a missing link in exploring biodiversity: A pattern-formation approach, Principal Investigator: Ehud Meron, $443,000 over five years.

Columbia University, New York, New York, The structure and function of social networks, Principal Investigator: Duncan Watts, $448,575 over three years.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Climate: Complex system, simple behavior, Principal Investigator: Eli Tziperman, $450,000 over four years.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, An integrated, hierarchical framework for modeling biocomplexity, Principal Investigator: Zhilan (Julie) Feng, $449,508 over three years.

University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California, Merging dynamical systems modeling and analysis at different levels of biological organization, Principal Investigator: Wayne Getz, $450,000 over six years.

University of California-Davis, Davis, California, How does evolution build a complex brain? Principal Investigator: Leah Krubitzer, $421,600 over four years.

In the Area of Brain Cancer Research awards were made to:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, Understanding the molecular basis of therapeutic resistance in GBM, Principal Investigator: Lynda Chin, $450,000 over three years.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Identification and characterization of glioma-CTL epitopes, Principal Investigator: Hideho Okada, $418,330 over four years.

Other McDonnell Foundation Grants announced were Brain Cancer Pilot Awards:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, Regulation of protein translation by the NF2 tumor suppressor schwannomin, Principal Investigator: Daniel Scoles, $150,000 for one year.

University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, The role of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN in neural stem cell biology and brain tumor development, Principal Investigator: Hong Wu, $150,000 for one year.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, The role of bmi-1 in neural stem cell self-renewal and neoplastic proliferation, Principal Investigator: Sean Morrison, $150,000 for one year.

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Development of preclinical mouse models of meningioma, Principal Investigator: David Gutmann, $150,000 for one year.

Additionally, three 21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards in the area of Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior were made to:

American Psychological Association, New York, New York, The other 3 R's: Reasoning, resilience, responsibility, Principal Investigator: Rena Subotnik, $467,300 over two years.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, What is dyscalculia? A question for collaborative study, Principal Investigator: Rochel Gelman, $154,900 over three years.

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Applying cognitive psychology to enhance educational practice, Principal Investigators: Henry (Roddy) Roediger and Robert Bjork, $2,152,000 over five years.


McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis
Susan Fitzpatrick, PhD, 314-721-1500

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