Research Wire: December 2019

Four researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support three separate projects that contribute to the Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to create a detailed map of all cells in the human body.

They are: Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, the Joseph Friedman Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and director of the Division of Nephrology; Yiing Lin, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery; Samantha A. Morris,  assistant professor of developmental biology and of genetics; and Bo Zhang, assistant professor of developmental biology. Learn more about their projects on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative site.

The Russell Sage Foundation has awarded Calvin Lai, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, $127,015 for a randomized controlled trial aimed at addressing the gap between the aims and outcomes of implicit bias training in police departments.

The project, titled “Improving Police-Community Relations with a Social-Psychological Intervention for Reducing Racial Bias in Policing initiative,” will allow Lai to test a social-psychological program for training police officers to interact with citizens in a more racially equitable manner. Lai will recruit about 1,600 patrol officers from about 200 police beats as well as 1,500 community members.

David T. Curiel, MD, PhD, the Distinguished Professor of Radiation Oncology at the School of Medicine, has received a $2.2 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his lab’s research into ways to use viruses as vehicles to deliver the CRISPR gene-editing machinery to the correct location inside the body, such as the liver or lungs. Such a delivery tool could lead to new therapeutics for genetic diseases. Read more on the School of Medicine site.

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