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Scientists report a rat study in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry that shows they finally have a good lead for a male birth control pill.

Congratulations to Dmitri Konorev and Katlyn Fleming, who are both recipients of this year’s Rowell Graduate Fellowship! This fellowship was established by the family of pharmaceutical industrialist Theodore H. Rowell to support graduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on drug delivery systems.  

Congratulations to Katlyn Fleming and Cliff Csizmar, who are both recipients of this year’s Bighley Graduate Fellowship! The fellowship was established in 2008 by Dr. Lyle D. Bighley and Sharon Bighley as a way to support graduate students working in the biomedical health sciences. It recognizes excellence in students conducting research in laboratories with an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary work. You can read more about the award here

Dr. Natalia Tretyakova has been awarded a grant for $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health for the project "Smoking-Induced Epigenetic Changes in the Lung: Role of DNA Demethylation," on which she is the principal investigator. 

Dr. Carrie Haskell-Luevano received a $125,000 Winston and Maxine Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Fund grant for her project, "Discovery of Opioid Receptor Endogenous Allosteric Modulators For the Treatment of Pain and Addiction." Dr. Philip Portoghese is a co-investigator on the project.

Dr. Gunda Georg is the Principle Investigator of a $8.3M National Institutes of Health U54 Center Grant titled Contraceptive Discovery, Development, and Behavioral Research Center (2017-2021). In addition to Drs.

Dr. Stephen Hecht was named one of the 2017 Dean's Distinguished Research Lectureship Honorees, which recognizes the best research faculty in the basic and clinical sciences. To be considered, honorees must have the first or last author credits on a publication that has been cited at least 1,000 times by others. Dr. Hecht will give a presentation on his research at the award ceremony on October 26th. The announcement is here.

Drs. Gunda Georg and Rebecca Cuellar of the ITDD were featured in the Star Tribune story, "Male Contraception Gaining Sex Appeal, Gustavus Survey Finds." They discuss their research and development of H2-Gamendazole, a molecule which causes reversible infertility. You can read the full article here.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dosa of the ITDD, who received an Investigator-Initiated Research Award of $2,278,764. The project will be funded by the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.