J. Kennedy, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, has been named a Pew
Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He is one of 22 early-career researchers to
receive the honor this year from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
scholars will receive flexible funding to investigate some of the world’s most
pressing problems and they join a community of more than 500 Pew scholars whose
ranks include multiple recipients of Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards and MacArthur
lab is investigating the molecular events that “strengthen” the connections
between neurons during learning and memory. Strengthening neural connections is
thought to involve the recruitment of molecules that enhance neural activity,
including proteins that recognize and react to incoming neural signals.
is combining techniques in cell and molecular biology with a novel approach he
designed to control the movement of specific proteins in selected nerve cells
to address whether recruitment of a particular protein to the site of signaling
between activated nerve cells actually does promote learning and examine which
cells are involved in memory storage.
Pew Scholars are selected based on proven creativity by a
national advisory committee composed of eminent scientists, including Chairman
Craig C. Mello, PhD, a 1995 Pew scholar and a 2006 Nobel laureate in physiology
“Scientific breakthroughs often come from seemingly
unlikely origins, which is why it’s so important to give young scientists the
freedom and the support they need to pursue their most creative ideas,” said
Mello. “It is our privilege to help these outstanding investigators pursue new
research paths and work with peers across disciplines in order to advance
biomedical science and ultimately benefit human health.”
at the University of Colorado School of Medicine work to advance science and
improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and
scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado,
Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical
Center. The school is located on the Anschutz Medical
one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system. To learn more about
the medical school’s care, education, research and community engagement, visit
its web site.