Dr. Elissa Newport has recently been awarded a K18 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD). The K18 mechanism is a NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators.
The NIH description of the K18:
'This initiative provides established investigators who have proven records of scientific accomplishment and independent research support with funding for up to 2 years of mentored research experience. Such experiences will afford candidate investigators seeking to augment or redirect their research programs protected time to acquire new research capabilities, redirect their research programs in new trajectories within the NIDCD scientific mission; and/or catalyze research collaborations in new research directions.'
Dr. Newport has received numerous honors and many years of NIH support for her basic science research on the acquisition of language by healthy children. She will be spending the 2 years of her K18 support working with Dr. Alexander Dromerick of NRH and Dr. William Gaillard of Childrens National Medical Center, focusing on advanced training for her new line of research on the acquisition of language and other cognitive skills after pediatric stroke. Her K18 award will allow her to gain advanced skills in fMRI methods and clinical research with children and adults and to understand recovery and reorganization of language in children as compared with adults after a stroke.