VA R&D Investigators Receive Presidential Award
On June 13, 2005, Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD (HSR&D) and William M. Grady, MD (BLR&D) received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE program was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership in the frontiers of scientific knowledge; it is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their careers. Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers whose work shows the greatest promise. Participating agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation, award these scientists and engineers with up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions.
Dr. Volpp is part of HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) located in Philadelphia, PA. He also is affiliated with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include health economics and financial incentives, delivery of health care, and racial disparities in health outcomes.
Dr. Grady is a gastroenterology researcher at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System who studies colon cancer. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research focuses on a tumor suppressor gene—Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Receptor type II (TGF-BetaR2)—that is commonly altered during colon cancer formation.
Dr. Kussman, Dr. Grady, Dr. Marburger (OSTP) | left-to-right
Dr. Kussman, Dr. Volpp, Dr. Marburger (OSTP) | left-to-right
President George W. Bush, Dr. Grady, Dr. Volpp | highlighted, left-to-right