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Cranefield Award

The Paul F. Cranefield Award was created by the Council of the Society of General Physiologists to honor Paul F. Cranefield, M.D., Ph.D., who for 30 years served as Editor of Journal of General Physiology. The Award is meant to recognize an independent young investigator who in the preceding calendar year has published an outstanding article in the Journal. It further was stipulated that the Award need not be given every year, that it should be reserved for a truly noteworthy paper. To qualify for this Award, the work being recognized must have been completed within 10 years of the candidate’s first independent position, but the committee will continue to prioritize awards to more junior candidates when available.

2024 Paul F. Cranefield Awardee: Farid Moussavi-Harami, Ph.D.

Farid Moussavi-Harami

“Machine learning meets Monte Carlo methods for models of muscle’s molecular machinery to classify mutations”

J Gen Physiol (2023) 155 (5): e202213291

Genetic cardiomyopathies result in changes in the temporal features of cardiac twitch contractions, but connecting these changes to underlying molecular mechanisms has been challenging. Utilizing spatially explicit models of the sarcomere and machine learning methods, Moussavi-Harami and colleagues show that machine learning holds great promise as a novel method for classifying the mechanistic changes that reshape twitch forces in cardiac diseases.

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