Wayne State researcher honored for work on strep

Photo courtesy MGN
Photo courtesy MGN

DETROIT (AP) — A Wayne State University researcher and physician has won an award for his work in identifying a brain inflammation associated with strep infections in children.

The university says that doctor and assistant professor Ajay Kumar has received the Majd-Gilday Young Investigators Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He got the honor at the society’s annual meeting in St. Louis last month.

The award goes to young scientists for outstanding research contributions to the field of pediatric nuclear medicine.

Wayne State says Kumar got the recognition for a study that may help increase the understanding of “pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders” linked to streptococcal infections.

The university says Kumar’s work could lead to “improved therapies to treat the condition.”

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