Rashmi Bansal, professor of neuroscience at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn., has won a grant for research into neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis.
was selected by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
to receive the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, a seven-year grant given to select scientists for their competence and outstanding productivity, a June 19 press release from the university said.
, originally from Lucknow, told Desi Talk the amount of the award is $185,000 per year.
â€œItâ€™s wonderful to get the award and I am very grateful for it.
I am expecting to make progress over the next few years,â€ she
hoped that over the coming years, she
may be able to shine more light on MS and other related incurable diseases.
also credited two of her
colleagues, Dr. Akihiro Ishii and Dr. Miki Furusho, for their contribution to the research.
colleagues have been involved in researching a protein called fibroblast growth factor and the role it plays in diseases such as MS. Fibroblast growth factor helps the body make myelin, the coating on nerve cells that protects the cellsâ€™ axons, which carry nerve impulses.
â€œMyelin is important for nerve condition,â€ Bansal said in the press release.
â€œIn people with MS, myelin is broken down.
My research involves understanding how myelin is made and how this growth factor supports it.
We hope that this knowledge can be applied in the long run to devise strategies for myelin repair in MS and other demyelinating diseases.â€
has published an estimated 50 papers on her
A graduate of the Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow, she has a Ph.D. from the Central Drug Research Institute, also in Lucknow.