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People in the News: May 11, 2010


Protein array firm RayBiotech this week announced the winners of its biomarker discovery pilot grant program. The company selected 18 award recipients for grants of up to $20,000 each that are redeemable for RayBiotech products and services.

Awardees include:

Steven Ackerman of the University of Illinois at Chicago to study biomarkers of eosinophilic esophagitis resulting from food allergies;

Zhe-Sheng Chen of St. John’s University to study biomarkers of endometrial cancer;

Mei-Zhen Cui of the University of Tennessee to study biomarkers of ischemic stroke;

Doug Feinstein of the University of Illinois at Chicago to study biomarkers of multiple sclerosis;

Pietro Ghezzi of the Brighton & Sussex Medical School in the UK to conduct detection of glutathione-conjugated cytokines in immunity;

Annette Thomas Hastie of Wake Forest University to research biomarkers linking obesity and asthma;

Matthew Huentelman of the Translational Genomics Research Institute to investigate biomarkers of autism;

Hideaki Ijichi of the University of Tokyo to study biomarkers of pancreatic cancer;

Carrie Kitko of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study biomarkers of graft versus host disease in blood/marrow transplant patients;

Oi Lian Kon of the National Cancer Centre of Singapore to study biomarkers of gastric cancer;

Miloslav Kverka of Charles University in Prague to research biomarkers of inflammatory bowel disease;

Bruce McManus of the University of British Columbia to study biomarkers of acute heart failure;

Joanna Pera of the Jagiellonian University Medical College of Krakow to study biomarkers of primary intracerebral hemorrhage;

Olga Vitek of Purdue University to conduct statistical validation of RayBiotech's G-series arrays for biomarker discovery;

Gary Guishan Xiao of Creighton University to study biomarkers of osteoporosis;

Weimin Yang of Sun Yat-Sen University in China to research biomarkers of polycystic ovarian syndrome;

Gee Wan Wong of the University of Hong Kong to investigate adipokine biomarkers of endometrial cancer;

• and Jian Wu of Sun Yat-Sen University to study biomarkers correlating diabetes type II and periodontal disease.

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