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Circle of Friends Awards Synergy Grants

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Awards presenter Eric Peterson, M.D., M.P.H., standing fourth from right, joins the recipients of the 2022 Synergy Grants, seated from left, Praveen Ramakrishnan, M.D., Chieko Mineo, Ph.D., Julie Mirpuri, M.D., Rachel Leon, M.D., Ph.D., Masaki Mizuno, Ph.D., and standing from left, Xiankai Sun, Ph.D., Elizabeth Solow, M.D., Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D., Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D., Wenxin Zheng, M.D., Bo Li, Ph.D., Durga Udayakumar, Ph.D., and Xiaowei Zhan, Ph.D. Not pictured is Salman Bhai, M.D.

The UT Southwestern Circle of Friends has awarded seven faculty research teams with a 2022 Synergy Grant for Collabora­tive Research.

The giving organization advances medical discovery and care at UT Southwestern. Throughout the year, members attend events highlighting innovation at UT Southwestern and support research grants for early-career faculty members through their annual membership gifts.

The Synergy Grants support research collaboration between a practicing physician and a basic scientist pursuing projects designed to generate prelim­inary data in support of future translational research. Each team receives up to $100,000 for one year of support. This year’s recipients include:

Salman Bhai, M.D., and Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D.
Neurology and Immunology

Wenxin Zheng, M.D., and Bo Li, Ph.D.
Pathology and Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics

Xiankai Sun, Ph.D., and Praveen Ramakrishnan, M.D.
Radiology and Internal Medicine

Elizabeth Solow, M.D., and Chieko Mineo, Ph.D.
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Julie Mirpuri, M.D., and Xiaowei Zhan, Ph.D.
Pediatrics and Population & Data Sciences

Masaki Mizuno, Ph.D., and Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D.
School of Health Professions, Applied Clinical Research, and Internal Medicine

Rachel Leon, M.D., Ph.D., and Durga Udayakumar, Ph.D.
Pediatrics and Radiology