U Pediatrician One of 57 Researchers Nationwide Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

U Pediatrician One of 57 Researchers Nationwide Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

Sep 16, 2004 6:00 PM

University of Utah pediatrician Anne M. Moon, M.D., Ph.D., received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at a ceremony in the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Moon, a critical care pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics, and investigator with the program in Human Molecular Biology and Genetics at the U of U School of Medicine, was one of 57 U.S. researchers honored at a Sept. 9 ceremony. Established in 1996, the award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to promising professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Moon received the award for her research into the genetic and developmental causes of congenital heart defects. The award includes five years' continued funding for her work.

"I'm honored to receive the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award," Moon said. "With the additional funding I look forward to furthering my research into the causes of congenital heart defects."

Eight federal government departments and agencies nominate young scientists and engineers for the Presidential Award each year. The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, which have funded Moon's research, nominated her for the award.

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