December 22, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 41

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Jenkinson, McMahon win CREF awards

Two Health Science Center investigators recently were awarded support from the Competitive Research Enhancement Fund (CREF). The latest awards went to Drs. Christopher Jenkinson, medicine, and Lance McMahon, pharmacology.

The fund supports new faculty members at the levels of assistant professor or instructor who have a high potential for obtaining federal, private or industrial research grants within three years of receiving CREF support.

Dr. Jenkinson, an assistant professor, received $50,000 in grant money and is working on a project titled "Mutation Scanning of PC1: A Positional Candidate Gene for Type 2 Diabetes in Mexican-Americans."

Dr. McMahon, an instructor, was awarded $50,000 and is working on a project titled "Delta-9 Tetrahydrocan-nabinol Dependence and Withdrawal."

Designed as venture capital for new junior faculty, CREF was established in 1998 by the institutional strategic research planning committee at UTHSC.

Eligible applicants for the next round of awards will include faculty at the rank of assistant professor or instructor who joined the university since May 1, 2000. Both tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty members are eligible. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2001, and the application may be downloaded from the CREF Web page.

Questions may be addressed to Liz Buel in grants management at 7-2330. For more information, call the office of the vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning at 7-2004.