Congrats to Arthur Beyder, MD, PhD, who was selected for a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, part of the NIH director’s high-risk, high-reward research award program. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award will provide Dr. Beyder with more than $2 million in funding over a five-year period to continue his project: Does the gut have a sense of touch?
Dr. Beyder’s lab at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, recently discovered a novel population of mechanosensitive epithelial sensory cells that are similar to skin’s touch sensors, which prompted a potentially transformative question: “Does the gut have a sense of touch?” We look forward to seeing the results of future research on this topic.
Dr. Beyder — a physician-scientist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester — is a 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award recipient and graduate of the 2018 AGA Future Leaders Program. Dr. Beyder currently serves on the AGA Nominating Committee.
The NIH director’s high-risk, high-reward research program funds highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research proposed by extraordinarily creative scientists — these awards have one of the lowest funding rates for NIH. Congrats to two additional AGA members who also received a 2019 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award: Maayan Levy, PhD, and Christoph A. Thaiss, PhD, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
AGA research awards pave the way for future, more substantial funding. Join the AGA Research Scholar Award family — the application deadline is Nov. 13, 2019.