UT Health professor receives $2.6M award for brain research

Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD, a professor at Houston-based McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Health received the Maximizing Investigator's Research Award, which includes a $2.6 million grant, to advance brain research.

The award will provide Dr. Jayaraman and her team funds to take greater risks, be adventurous and develop new research techniques. Her research focuses on enhancing learning and memory capabilities, while also finding new treatments for neurodegenerative conditions.

"[Dr. Jayaraman] is a leader in the field of structure function investigations of ion channels. She has over 50 publications, appearing in leading journals," said Rodney Kellems, PhD, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at McGovern Medical School at UT Health.

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