Inaugural DIBS Germinator Awards Announced

October 15, 2018

Nearly 2 dozen faculty, students particpating in grant program

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Germinator Awards fund innovative, collaborative research

Seven projects involving nearly two dozen Duke clinical and basic-science faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students have received the inaugural Germinator Research Awards from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), the Institute’s Faculty Governance Committee Chair, Geraldine Dawson, announced today. Please click HERE for a complete list of recipients and project descriptions. 

The awards grew out of DIBS Town Hall discussions, part of the strategic-planning process completed in February 2018. “We heard from the DIBS community the need to augment our larger grant program, the Incubator Research Awards, with support for small, targeted funding requests open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as faculty.” Dawson said. The Germinator Research Awards program was the result.
“These funded projects offer exciting new ways to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to important questions,” she added. Germinator projects receive up to a maximum of $25,000 and may go to single investigators. They must catalyze new research or collaboration and/or enhance chances of obtaining external funding.
Below are the schools, departments, and programs represented by the 2018 Germinator Award Recipients, followed by a brief synopsis of each project. Please click here for more information about DIBS research awards. For more information about DIBS, please see our website.
Duke Schools and Programs Represented by 2018 Germinator Award Recipients
Pratt School of Engineering
·       Biomedical Engineering

School of Medicine
·       Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
·       Neurology
·       Neurosurgery
·       Orthopedic Surgery
·       Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
·       Biology (Center for Genomic & Computational Biology; Duke Lemur Center)
·       Evolutionary Anthropology
·       Psychology & Neuroscience
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
·       Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
·       Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science
Durham VA Health Care System
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

Please click HERE for complete list of awardees and project descriptions. 

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