Dr. Josh Brown receives NIH Loan Repayment Award and ambassador appointment

The National Institutes of Health’s Division of Loan Repayment, or NIH DLR, has selected Josh Brown, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S., for a loan repayment award and named him an NIH Loan Repayment Ambassador.

Joshua Brown_MCM_3824_web_cropAs a loan repayment awardee, Brown will receive financial support paying off his student debt, in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Congress established the program to address the escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties, which is forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

Brown’s research will look at the long-term benefits of physical activity in older adults and evaluate the impact medications have on mobility and cognitive function throughout the aging process in collaboration with researchers in the UF Institute on Aging. His NIH DLR award was sponsored by the NIH National Institute on Aging.

Brown, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, was also named as an NIH Loan Repayment Ambassador. Becoming an ambassador is a way for awardees to “give back” to NIH and help other young scientists pursue their dreams.

Young investigators interested in the NIH Loan Repayment Program are encouraged to apply by the Nov. 15 deadline.