Engineering science's Drew wins McKnight Scholar Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Patrick Drew, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics and neurosurgery, was named one of six winners of the 2012 McKnight Scholar Award.

The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to accurately diagnose, prevent and treat brain diseases.

Each winner will receive $75,000 per year for three years.

Drew's project is titled "Imaging Neurovascular Coupling in the Behaving Animal." His work focuses on understanding neural circuits and signaling pathways that dynamically route the brain’s blood supply to active areas. His laboratory is investigating the relationship between changes in neural activity and the corresponding changes in blood flow by using optical methods, such as two-photo laser-scanning microscopy and intrinsic imaging, as well as electrophysiology.

Established in 1986, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is an independent organization funded by the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minn., and led by a board of prominent U.S. neuroscientists. The foundation has supported neuroscience research since 1977.

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Last Updated July 02, 2012