Two Yale University scientists working on cell biology have been named as recipients of the 2010 Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, with each recipient receiving a $2.5 million grant and laboratory support for five years.
According to the Yale office of public affairs, the recipients are Haifan Lin, director of the Yale Stem Cell Center, and Tamas Horvath, chair and professor of comparative medicine and professor of neurobiology and obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine.
In November of 2009, Horvath announced findings in a study that looked at how ghrelin, a hormone produced in the stomach that stimulates hunger, may be used to boost resistance to, or slow the development of, Parkinson’s disease. Researchers found that mice who were deficient in ghrelin had more loss of dopamine. Horvath said the results could be easily translated to human use because the ghrelin system is preserved through various species.
Lin won $1.8 million fromt he state of Connecticut’s Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee in March of 2008, for research on maintaining and enhancing the human embryonic stem cell core.
The university press release is available here.