Research Horizons


Takebe, Deshmukh, Ayers Earn National Research Recognitions

Congratulations to these Cincinnati Children’s scientists who have earned national honors in their fields of expertise.


Outstanding Young Investigator

Takanori Takebe, MD, PhD, has received the 2023 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Outstanding Young Investigator Award. The prize recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of their independent career.

Takebe will receive the award and present his research on developing tissue-based therapies for patients with liver disease in June at the ISSCR annual meeting to be held in Boston.

Takebe is an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition & Developmental Biology at Cincinnati Children’s. He also is the Director for Commercial Innovation for the Center for Stem Cell & Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM).

ASPIRE Career Award

Hitesh Deshmukh, MD, PhD, has received a 2023 ASPIRE Career Award from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

Deshmukh is an attending neonatologist in the Perinatal Institute, director of the Center for Perinatal Immunity, and associate director of the CHRCDA K12 Program.

The award recognizes outstanding early career investigators for their research accomplishments and professional promise in the field of immunology. Read about all the award recipients on the AAI’s posted announcement.

Beverly Rollnick Memorial Lecture Award

Kara Ayers, PhD, recently received the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ (NSGC) Beverly Rollnick Memorial Lecture Award.

Ayers is associate director of UCEDD in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Her lecture, “Building an Anti-Ableist, Anti-Racist, and Equitable Future: Research, Practice, and Advocacy,” was delivered at the society’s annual meeting in Nashville, TN.

The annual Rollnick Lecture highlights an area of growth and advocacy within the genetic counseling profession. Read more about Rollnick here.