The NIH Director’s Office has announced that Dr. Sarah Ocañas is one of only 14 Early Independence Award winners this year in the US. This prestigious award allows the most promising trainees to transition directly from graduate school to an independent faculty position https://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/awardrecipients. Sarah will be joining the Genes & Human Disease Program at OMRF and is the first winner of this award in Oklahoma.
Victor Ansere in the Freeman Lab has received a National Institute on Aging F99/K00 award. This award mechanism supports promising junior investigators as the finish graduate work and for their post-doc. https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/training/f99-k00-transition-aging-research-predoctoral-students Victor is the first trainee at OMRF to receive one of these awards that will support him for up to the next 5 years of his work in plasma transfer and anti-aging therapies.
Dr. Freeman received a Research Career Scientist Award from the Veterans Administration. These awards support the salaries for five years of non-clinician scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to VA research beyond their own funded studies and programs.