BizTimes Milwaukee: Greater Milwaukee Foundation awards $600,000 to early career Wisconsin scientists

BizTimes Milwaukee: Greater Milwaukee Foundation awards $600,000 to early career Wisconsin scientists

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded $600,000 to support the health-related research projects of three early-career Wisconsin scientists.

The foundation’s annual Shaw Scientist Program supports early career investigators seeking solutions in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research. This year’s recipients include faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

“Wisconsin is brimming with talent, and by rewarding innovation, philanthropy can provide incentive for talented people to stay here, or relocate here, and contribute to bettering the health of others,” said Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the foundation.

Helen Meier, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at UWM, was awarded $200,000 to support her research of aging in the immune system. She studies how various social and environmental exposures at different stages of life affect immune function, and how changes in immune function influence later life health.

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