In early January, President Obama honored 102 early career scientists with a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. It is considered the highest honor for scientists that are in the dawn of their career—the award is given to federally funded researchers that have done exceptional work in advancing their field.
Dr. Anna Greka, long-time friend of NephCure and kidney disease researcher at Harvard University, was a recipient of this award. Pres. Obama praised Greka and the other recipients, saying, “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”
Dr. Greka received a Young Investigator Grant from NephCure in 2008, and has continued to support NS patients and families with her hard work and dedication to research. Her research lab focuses on the development of targeted therapies to treat kidney diseases like FSGS and MCD. Dr. Greka also founded the Glom-NExT conference to bring brilliant minds together and focus exclusively on finding therapies for these kidney diseases. She will also be collaborating with NephCure to host a Regional Symposium in the spring. You can read more about Dr. Greka’s lab and her work here – http://grekalab.bwh.harvard.edu
You can read the full statement from the White House about the PECASE awards here.