Big Impact in Bio: Funding the Translation From Bench to Bedside at the American Academy


At a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology last year, Megan Krench saw something remarkable: Children, previously unable to move their head or sit up, were turning their heads to look at their parents, sitting up, and even walking. It was a video of a company’s clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat a devastating childhood neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy. Infants with this disease typically never reach any developmental milestones, and most die by age two.

Meet the Scientist: Zaven Kaprielian, Director of Research in Neuroscience at Amgen Massachusetts


This profile is a part of the Amgen Foundation’s “Meet the Scientists” series, where we invite students and teachers to learn more about a scientist at Amgen and the work they do to create lifesaving medicines. Join the conversation by sharing your own experiences with @AmgenFoundation and @Amgen.

Connecting with My Cohort: the Best Part of My Amgen Scholars Experience

Guest post written by Washington University Amgen Scholar Cody Savage

When I was first asked to blog about the most valuable part of the Amgen Scholars Program for me this past summer, I had no idea how to respond. How could I choose from the many great opportunities I had been given? Maybe I should talk about being able to experience life as a graduate student working full time in a lab. Or maybe, I should talk about having the opportunity to explore a completely new research setting and collaborating with some of the best scientists in the world.

Meet Harvard University's 2015 Amgen Scholars: Alaina Bever & Alexi Choueiri



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Hometown: Seattle, WA

Research Interest/Area: Bioengineering and Immunology

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Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Carly O'Connor


"I have been studying Japanese for eight years, and the ability to use my language skills and conduct science is incomparable to any other experience I have ever had."

Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Ivan Kent


"The Amgen Scholars Program has helped me realize my true calling in life as a scientist." 

Host University: MIT
Home University: University of Scranton
Amgen Scholar Year: 2015
Major: Neuroscience and Philosophy (double major)
Expected Graduation: 2016

Academic and Professional Ambitions

What inspired you to major in science?

Meet Amgen Scholar Alumni Angela Madira


“It’s amazing to be in a program where everyone is passionate about science and research, but they are all so unique in their interests and research focuses.”

Host University: Harvard University
Home University: California State University, Los Angeles
Amgen Scholar Year: 2015
Major: Biochemistry
Expected Graduation: 2017
Academic and Professional Ambitions

What inspired you to major in science?

Meet Amgen Scholar Alex Bates


“The Amgen Scholars Program has been the biggest and most immersive scientific experience I have had in my life.”

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment: Genetic Predictor of Response to Exposure Therapy

From a new study in Biological Psychiatry
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Philadelphia, PA, June 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ – There is growing evidence that a gene variant that reduces the plasticity of the nervous system also modulates responses to treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. In this case, patients with posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with a less functional variant of the gene coding for brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), responded less well to exposure therapy.


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