Ed Chapman Wins Prestigious Award for Neurological Research
Ed Chapman, PhD, was one of 30 neuroscientists nationally to receive a prestigious new federal grant designed to support long-term research in the laboratories of some of the country’s most creative and productive scientists.
Chapman, a professor of neuroscience in the School of Medicine and Public Health, has been awarded a R35 Research Program Award (RPA), from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Chapman’s lab studies how neurons communicate, with particular attention to how they send chemical signals through the cell membranes. A new focus is on fusion pores, which release neurotransmitters from the cell membrane and play a key role in neurological, mental, and endocrine function.
His research could lead to treatments for neurological diseases in which too much, or too little, hormone and neurotransmitter release occurs.
Unlike traditional research awards, the new R-35 supports the overall research program of the scientist, which in the case of the Chapman lab includes a variety of projects that touch on topics ranging from autism to how Botox affects cells.
“Congratulations to Dr. Chapman on this national recognition for the strong research coming from his lab,’’ says Dr. Richard Moss, senior associate dean for basic research, biotechnology and graduate studies. “These awards are designed to support some of the most creative and productive researchers in the country, so receiving one is truly a national honor.”
The R35 grant of $350,000 a year will be funded for five years, with the potential to have that funding extended for up to an additional three years.
“NINDS created this pilot program to improve the value of the research it funds by enabling proven investigators to pursue long-range, innovative research instead of continually writing and submitting grant applications,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., the NINDS director.
Chapman also has long-term support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which has supported his work since 2005.
Date Published: 02/08/2017