McMahon and collaborators tune into the organ concert

Every minute of every day, your organs are using a complex language to communicate with each other about the basic physiological processes necessary for life—everything from blood pressure regulation to pH balance to metabolism. To decipher this little-known language, USC Stem Cell scientist Andy McMahon has joined forces with top scientists at Harvard and Stanford universities under the auspices of the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award.

Part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award will bring more than $4 million of funding to the McMahon Lab over the next five years (NIH grant number R01DK121409). The award recognizes extraordinarily creative teams of scientists who propose research that could redefine existing paradigms and have a broad impact across the biomedical field. In 2018, the NIH Director recognized only 10 projects across the country with this exclusive honor.

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