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Diana W. Bianchi, MD receives prestigious Duane Alexander Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


BOSTONDiana W. Bianchi, MD, the founding Executive Director of the Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) at Tufts Medical Center, was presented today with the Duane Alexander Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), at the institute’s annual Young Investigators Conference on Maternal-Fetal-Neonatal-Reproductive Medicine.

The award is named for Duane Alexander, MD, a pediatrician who directed the NICHD from 1986 through 2009. Since 2003, the NICHD has bestowed the award annually, to a distinguished leader who “exemplifies the highest ideals of leadership in enhancing the training of young scientists and promoting the career development of young faculty who have committed their careers to research and academics in perinatal medicine and biology.”

Bianchi, a pediatrician whose research focus is on prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy, has shown a deep commitment to her students’ and trainees’ intellectual, scientific and career growth. A member of the Tufts University School of Medicine faculty since 1993 and the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bianchi has mentored 44 pre- and post-doctoral trainees, 26 of whom now have academic appointments of their own.  She is also very involved in the research and career mentoring of junior faculty at the Floating Hospital for Children. Bianchi has given numerous national and international lectures on her research, and has served as a leader in her field during her three-decade career as a researcher and teacher.


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