Randles Wins $3.5M NIH Pioneer Grant Award

blood vessels computerized image from Amanda Randles' work at Livermore Labs
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, and Amanda Randles, PhD
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, and Amanda Randles, PhD

Two Duke professors are among just eight scholars nationwide who have been awarded prestigious Pioneer Awards this year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

The five-year, $3.5 million grants will go to Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, the K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Duke School of Medicine, and Amanda Randles, PhD, the Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Pratt School of Engineering. 

The Pioneer Award is the largest of the four grants given under the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward program and is intended to support innovative research that, due to its inherent risk, may struggle in the traditional NIH peer-review process. Investigators seeking program support are encouraged to think beyond traditional bounds and to pursue trailblazing ideas in any area of research relevant to the NIH’s mission to advance knowledge and enhance health.  


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