The Hartwell Foundation honors UT Southwestern

By Amanda Siegfried

The Hartwell Foundation of Memphis, Tenn., which began naming its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research in 2006, has for the fourth straight year namedUT 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 2009 also include Duke University; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Johns Hopkins University; Cornell University; the University of Michigan; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the University of Pittsburgh; the University of Virginia; and the University of California, San Diego.

“We are delighted to be included among these outstanding centers,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “We are very appreciative of the support afforded to some of our most talented investigators over the past several years and the confidence that The Hartwell Foundation has placed in UT Southwestern Medical Center.”

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 present 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.

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