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People in the News: Sep 24, 2009


Joseph DeSimone, the founder of Liquidia Technologies, has received the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, the company said.

The awards are "designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering, and possibly transforming, approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research," the NIH said.

Liquidia said the award, which is worth $500,000 a year for five years, will be used to support the development of its Particle Replication In Non-wetting Templates, or PRINT, technology, which is used to create nanocarriers for therapeutic delivery.

The University of California, Berkeley, said that researcher Lin He has received one of this year's "genius" awards from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.

She received the award for her work linking microRNAs and cancer.

The award provides $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years, according to the foundation.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.