Civitan Emerging Scholar Awards
- Created on January 03, 2014
Dr. Kennedy’s project will focus on the neurobiology of Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, an extremely rare mutation in the TCF4 gene, resulting in learning disabilities associated with pronounced memory deficits, autistic behaviors, and an almost complete lack of language development. Dr. Li’s research centers on Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) a genetic disorder causing severe neuro-muscular disorder characterized by slowly progressive ataxia with onset usually between 5 – 15 years. Dr. Latoya Paul’s research involves the study of the neurological and behavioral effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and the neuroprotective role of inositol supplementation in this population.
Each Emerging Scholar will receive a $25,000 award provided through support from Civitan International. This program, now in the ninth year, provides support to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their research efforts to address the causes and treatments of developmental disabilities.
Left to right: Yanjie Li, Ph.D., Latoya Paul, Ph.D. and Andrew Kennedy, Ph.D.