Brown scientists receive five research grants

The Rhode Island Foundation issued approximately $480,000 in seed funding was awarded to 20 medical research projects across the state.
The Rhode Island Foundation issued approximately $480,000 in seed funding was awarded to 20 medical research projects across the state. | File photo

Scientists and engineers from Brown University recently earned five research grants from the Rhode Island Foundation that total $125,000. 

The grants will be used to research multiple topics, including autism, stem cells and stroke.

The foundation announced June 21 that approximately $480,000 in seed funding was awarded to 20 medical research projects across the state. A large sum that was not awarded to Brown went to hospitals that are affiliated with the university. 

Emerging researchers will be able to advance their studies and progress to a level where they could possible receive national funding thanks to the grants.

Brown’s awarded grants include “Multiple functions of the cell adhesion molecule TAG-1 in motor circuit development,” which will be led by Alexander Jaworksi; “Examining How Autism Spectrum Disorders Affect Social Causal Learning,” with Joseph Austerweil being the lead; “Temporal Geometric Control of Stem Cell Chondrogenesis for Osteoarthritis Therapy," led by Anita Shukla; “Regulation of human neural stem cell function by the pro-longevity FOXO transcription factors,” with Ashley Webb leading; and “Microscopic in vivo imaging of cerebral dynamics in ischemic stroke” led by Jonghwan Lee.

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