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May 29th, 2009

Leof Honored by National Institute


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded a rare MERIT award to Ed Leof, Ph.D., an investigator in Mayo's Thoracic Diseases Research Unit.  The federally-funded MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award provides "long-term stable support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner." The Institute also says the award allows researchers to be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry, or take the time to develop new techniques. The award is for five years and the investigator can apply for extensions. Dr. Leof is the Associate Director of Basic Science Research in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and a member of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His interests include Transforming Growth Factor and its role in cancer and other conditions. (See a recent discovery.)   --- Russ Vanderboom/Bob Nellis

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