Clinical Neurosciences Center

U of U Physician Receives Top Award from NIH

Sept. 17, 2012

(SALT LAKE CITY)— Josh Bonkowsky, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, has received the prestigious Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH awards the honor to 81 researchers across the country who pursue visionary sciences that exhibit the potential to transform scientific fields and speed the translation of research into improved health.

As a clinician, Dr. Bonkowsky treats children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy and brain injury in preterm birth. His research focuses on a novel genetic approach for understanding how the brain circuitry develops and functions.

“Dr. Bonkowsky exhibits the drive for excellence and desire to find answers that makes him a true innovator. Patients throughout the world are benefiting from his work,” says Ed Clark, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Utah School of Medicine.

More information on the New Innovator award is at including information on this year's awardees.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Wilets, 801-581-5717 office,


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