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December 14, 2006

SickKids scientists named Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholars

Dr Freda Miller

SickKids scientists Dr. Freda Miller and Dr. Michael Salter have been named international research scholars by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and will receive five-year awards totaling nearly $500,000.

The prestigious awards recognize the accomplishments and promise of biomedical researchers from around the world. This is the institute’s fourth round of awards to researchers from Latin America and Canada. A competitive process considered 546 applicants from eight countries, to recognize pacesetters in their field.

Dr. Miller was recognized as “a leader in the field of nerve cell growth and death.” Dr. Miller is a senior scientist in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology at SickKids, professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, and Physiology at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology. This is her first HHMI award.

Dr Michael Salter

Also a first-time HHMI awardee, Dr. Salter was recognized for his pioneering work on molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuroplasticity and pain. Dr. Salter is head and senior scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health research program at Sickkids, Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity and Pain, as well as professor of Physiology and director of the Centre for the Study of Pain at the University of Toronto

Launched in 1991, HHMI’s international research scholar program recognizes the international scope of modern biomedical research, creating a global network of outstanding researchers. Part of each grant supports shared resources at the researcher’s home institution.