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Jumpstart Awards Honor Early-Career Investigators

Five Weill Cornell Medicine instructors and junior faculty seeking to pursue independent research careers have received 2021 JumpStart Career Development awards.

Nicholas Brady, PhD
Instructor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Jumpstart Program supports investigators during the critical period of career development spanning from the completion of research training to the early years on faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. By providing one year of initial funding, with the opportunity of up to $300,000 over three years, the program aims to assist investigators as they apply for a National Institutes of Health K award, an early-career grant that lays the foundation to conduct independent research.

Dr. Nicholas Bradyan instructor in pathology and laboratory medicine, will study neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC), a particularly deadly form of the disease that can result from prior prostate cancer treatment. Building on his current research in Dr. David Rickman’s lab, Dr. Brady’s work uses mouse models and clinical samples to tease apart molecular processes driving NEPC development and discover biomarkers identifying patients most likely to develop the disease. He earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Matthew Greenblatt Receives the M. Desmond Burke Teaching Award

Matthew B. Greenblatt, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The residents are pleased to announce our selection of Dr. Matthew Greenblatt as the M. Desmond Burke Teaching Award winner for 2021.

Dr. Greenblatt, who oversees the CP arm of the residency, is extremely dedicated to the teaching of all the residents. He is always present at every noon conference and runs CP call review and CP-wide problem/teaching sessions (including resident favorite CP Jeopardy) that extend beyond his specific area of clinical practice.

On service, he caters his teaching to individual residents' needs and interests and also actively tries to involve residents in research projects. Dr. Greenblatt devotes a lot of time and energy to our education and development, and it is our pleasure to recognize those efforts.

Thank you, Dr. Greenblatt!

Dr. Marcin Imielinski Receives Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Award

Marcin Imielinski, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance today announced the six winners of the 2021 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to cancer research scientists and physician-scientists based in the greater New York City area. The Prize, totaling $3.6 million, empowers investigators early in their independent careers to pursue research projects at a critical stage when traditional funding is lacking. Recipients receive $200,000 per year for three years.

Over the past eight years, the Alliance has awarded over $30 million to 52 scientists. With this funding, the recipients have contributed greatly to New York’s growing biomedical research hub. In addition to funding, the Alliance provides Prize winners with opportunities to present their work to scientific and business audiences to encourage collaboration and help bridge the gap between academia and industry.

“We are in awe of the incredible research the scientists have demonstrated, particularly this past year amid such challenging circumstances,” said Pershing Square Foundation Trustee Neri Oxman. “Our commitment to enabling early-stage research remains core to our mission, and we are proud to support this year’s prize winners and their innovative work.”

One of the award winners was Dr. Marcin Imielinski from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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