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Kaehr Young Investigator in Alzheimer Stem Cell Research Award

The Kaehr Young Investigator in Alzheimer Stem Cell Research Award recognizes early career investigators who show exceptional promise in their independent careers. UC San Diego has a strong neuroscience community and an ability to develop young researchers into productive faculty. With deep intellectual capital and a culture rooted in pioneering approaches to science, technology and translational medicine , bridging lab with clinic. UC San Diego is an ideal environment for collaboration.

10 Awardee David Brafman, Ph.D., M.B.A.

The Kaehr Young Investigator Award has seen enormous success since its inception in 2010. The inaugural prize went to David Brafman, Ph.D., M.B.A., who is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Brafman’s research focus is to apply bioengineering approaches to the study of stem cell microenvironments and using these to direct the fate of stem cells to clinically relevant cell types in order to model and treat a variety of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.

18 Awardee Richard Daneman, Ph.D.

The current Kaehr Young Investigator is UC San Diego Assistant Professor Richard Daneman, Ph.D.. His proposal looks to develop a stem cell-based biologic delivery system to produce nanobodies that attack Alzheimer’s targets in the brain. This multi-disciplinary approach is the type of research that has made the research community on the Mesa into a world leader in translational research.

This fund continues to make important contributions to the quality of advanced scientific techniques while inspiring the many patients and students who will benefit from the research. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to administer the Kaehr Young Investigator in Stem Cell Research Award and look to continue to build on the legacy. This program also serves as a model for targeting a specific disease, while also supporting the vibrant research community around us.


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