Dr. Pelin Cengiz Awarded 5-Year NIH Grant

Pelin Cengiz, MD
Pelin Cengiz, MD

Congratulations to Pelin Cengiz, MD, on her recent R01 award of nearly $1.7 million over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS). Her project, "Sex differences in neurotrophin mediated neonatal neuroprotection: Role of ER alpha," will test the novel hypothesis that sex-specific TrkB phosphorylation is mediated by hypoxia and ischemia (HI) induced ERa upregulation. An improved understanding of the mechanisms underlying sex-based susceptibility to HI will provide new avenues for future development of drug therapies for neonatal HI.