UT Southwestern named to Top Ten

By Amanda Siegfried  

The Hartwell Foundation of Memphis, Tenn., which began naming its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research in 2006, has for the third straight year named UT Southwestern to the exclusive list.

The chosen institutions are selected based on factors such as the strength of their research and their support of research on children’s health, a value shared by The Hartwell Foundation.

The Hartwell Foundation’s Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research for 2008 also include Duke University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, the University of Virginia and the University of California, San Diego.

Institutions chosen agree to nominate four research proposals from their faculty for consideration for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. The award provides $300,000 over three years to an investigator for early-stage biomedical research aimed at benefiting children.

Each of the selected institutions holds its own internal competition to nominate four individuals, who later are required to make a presentation of their proposed research to the foundation in a personal interview. The 10 most outstanding candidates from all of the selected institutions receive a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Re­search Award in April of the succeeding year.

UT Southwestern’s internal application competition is administered by Dr. Alfred Gilman, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the medical school.

Research institutions participating in the nomination process also receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one post­doctoral candidate of the institution’s choice who exemplifies the foundation’s values. The two-year fellowship provides $50,000 annually.