Four Jews are among 24 of America’s most creative and original thinkers who will each get $625,000 “genius” grants this year.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, 44, Sheila Nirenberg, a New York City neuroscientist, Sara Seager, a Canadian-American astrophysics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of

Technology and Carl Haber, a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are amont the 13 men and 11 women picked by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for the annual award.

They may spend the money how they wish, according to the organization. The grant, up from $500,000 last year, will be paid out over the next five years.

Brenner founded the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers after his private practice in New Jersey that cared mostly for Medicaid patients flopped.

Brenner said he discovered that a very small number of patients consumed a large share of the overall costs of health care and social supports in Camden.

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