Zaver Bhujwalla receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award
Zaver Bhujwalla, a professor of radiology and radiological science, has received an NCI Outstanding Investigator Award R35 Grant from the National Cancer Institute.
The grant supports investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research by providing extended funding stability and encouraging recipients to continue or embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research. It provides up to $600,000 in direct costs per year for seven years, allowing substantial time for funded investigators to take greater risks and be more adventurous in their research.
Bhujwalla's grant will aid her as she works to expand the understanding of cancer through the applications of molecular and functional imaging.
Bhujwalla also has received the Gold Medal Award from the World Molecular Imaging Society—the highest award given at the World Molecular Imaging Congress—for her outstanding contributions to the field of molecular imaging.
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