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Dr. Kristina Simeone, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, received the New Investigator Award. This award is given to a full-time faculty member who has achieved a significant record of research, as evidenced by publications and securing intramural and/or extramural grant support early in their academic career. This year’s award goes to Dr. Kristina Simeone, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. Dr. Simeone’s research activities focus on the neural mechanisms underlying epilepsy with the overarching goal of providing insights into the development of novel treatments for this neurologic disease. The impact and significance of her pioneering work has been recognized by several national and state organizations. In addition to her outstanding research productivity, Dr. Simeone has eagerly embraced her teaching responsibilities as Course Director for the Dental Pharmacology course, lecturing to M1 and M2 students and mentoring graduate students in her laboratory. Dr. Simeone is a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher and colleague who has made important contributions to the research environment in the School of Medicine.