Wilmot Cancer Institute Researcher Wins $2.3M Award

Friday, October 10, 2014

Source: Rochester Business Journal

A researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Wilmot Cancer Institute has won a $2.3 million National Institutes of Health prize.

Brain biologist Michelle Janelsins is a recipient of the five-year NIH grant as a winner of the 2014 NIH Director’s New Innovators Award. She is one of 49 young research scientists nationally to win the prize. 

Janelsins’ work centers on a phenomenon known as chemo-brain, a constellation of symptoms including forgetfulness, foggy thinking, lack of concentration and difficulty with multitasking suffered by some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

NIH created the award to encourage young research scientists with proposals that would not ordinarily meet the agency’s funding criteria. 

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