Rose and Song Awarded National Institutes of Health Director’s Awards

October 23, 2017

HMS health care policy associate professor Sherri Rose, PhD, and assistant professor Zirui Song, MD, PhD, received director’s awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both awards are a part of NIH’s High Risk, High Reward Research program, an initiative that rewards creative scientists with high-impact, innovative approaches to major biomedical research challenges.

Rose, whose research focuses on nonparametric machine learning for prediction and causal inference in health policy, is a recipient of the New Innovator Award. This award supports creative investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects early in their career. Rose’s award-winning project is titled Machine Learning for Health Outcomes and Quality of Care in Low-Income Populations.

Song studies health care spending and quality and was awarded the Early Independence Award for his project titled Inequities in Health Outcomes in the Twenty-First Century: Understanding New Causes and the Impact of Delivery System Reforms on Health Care Disparities. The Early Independence Award supports outstanding junior scientists who bypass the traditional post-doctoral training period with independent work. 

For more information about these awards, please see the official NIH press release, as well as news releases from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additional coverage can be found in the  Harvard Gazette and from the American Statistical Association.

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