Bristol-Myers Squibb Scientist Receives Presidential Early Career Award
Tanya Fischer, M.D., Ph.D., director, Global Clinical Research - Neurosciences
Tanya Fischer, M.D., Ph.D., director, Global Clinical Research - Neurosciences, at Bristol-Myers Squibb, is a winner of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Fischer was one of 94 recipients announced September 26 by President Barack Obama.
“It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers -- careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,” President Obama said in a White House news release.
Fischer was recognized for her research done at the Yale Center for Neuroscience & Regeneration Research and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut.
Yale’s website reports that in his nominating letter, Dr. Stephen Waxman, the Bridget Marie Flaherty Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology and Pharmacology at Yale, cited Fischer for her research in studying mechanisms of neuropathic pain in diabetes and burn injuries.
“Pain related to dysfunction of the nervous system affects millions of people in the United States, and represents an important unmet medical need,” Waxman said. “Dr. Fischer’s studies have helped us to understand neuropathic pain.”
The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Sixteen Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.
Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.