UA's Steele Children's Research Center Director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, Awarded Prestigious 2.5M MERIT Award

<p>Method to Extend Research In Time award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).</p>

Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA department of pediatrics and director of the Steele Children’s Research Center, has been awarded a prestigious MERIT (Method to Extend Research In Time) award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This $2.5m award extends his NIH R01 grant, “Development of Intestinal Transport of Calcium and Phosphate,” for an additional ten years, to 2018. This is the second time Dr. Ghishan’s grant has received MERIT status. The first was in 1994.

“MERIT awards are designed to provide outstanding investigators with the opportunity for long-term support, which will enhance their continued scientific creativity,” says Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, Director of the NIDDK. “Dr. Ghishan has demonstrated that his research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and will continue to perform in such an outstanding manner,” he said.

Dr. Ghishan had been researching the role phosphate transporters play in bone disease associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) since 1983. It is one of the most continually-funded research projects in NIDDK history.