Hiroyuki Kato selected for 2018 class of Pew scholars

The Pew Charitable Trusts named 22 early-career researchers today as the 2018 class of Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences. The scholars, including Hirouki Kato, PhD, of the UNC Neuroscience Center, will receive four-year grants to advance their explorations of biological mechanisms underpinning human health and disease.

Hiroyuki Kato selected for 2018 class of Pew scholars click to enlarge Hiroyuki Kato, PhD

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, will study how animals process sounds and the behavior elicited by different calls.

The scholars—all of whom have held assistant professor positions for three years or less—enter a vibrant community of researchers who have received awards from Pew since 1985. Current scholars meet annually to discuss their research, and exchange ideas with peers in fields outside of their own.

“The 2018 scholars bring fresh curiosity and insight to aspects of health and biology in critical need of investigation,” said Craig C. Mello, PhD, a 1995 Pew scholar, 2006 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, and chair of the national advisory committee for the scholars program. “I’m excited to see their work invigorated by new resources and opportunities to collaborate with Pew’s community of nearly a thousand biomedical researchers.”

This year’s scholars were selected from 184 nominations, each submitted by a leading academic or research institution in the United States. The 2018 awardees are working to solve biomedical puzzles including the development of cancers linked to viruses, how brain circuits enable verbal communication, and the ways in which the body senses and responds to external stimuli. The results of their research could provide new scientific foundations for potential treatments of metastatic cancer, infectious diseases, and psychiatric disorders.


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