From discovering the most effective ways to combat cancer to unraveling the mysteries of the gut microbiome, our research community tenaciously pursues scientific breakthroughs to improve health for people everywhere. Tasked with solving some of the most vexing problems in medicine, our investigators and their extraordinary contributions deserve to be celebrated. That’s why it was my honor and privilege this spring — and a shining moment of my year — to select the inaugural recipients of the President’s Scholars Awards.

Our first awardees — Ana Anderson, PhD; Georg Gerber, MD, PhD, MPH; Jessica Lasky-Su, ScD; and Tracy Young-Pearse, PhD — are among the brightest rising stars of our research community. Each of these early-career investigators received an unrestricted prize of $100,000 per year for three years to support their exceptional potential and promising research careers.

While it was an absolute joy to announce these awards and celebrate this news with our entire Brigham family, having the opportunity to learn more about our Scholars’ incredible work has been just as rewarding. Fueled by creativity, collaboration and a courageous pursuit to solve the unknown, these four gifted scientists represent why the Brigham inspires hope here and around the world.

Betsy Nabel, MD