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HHMI Helps Medical and Dental Students Devote a Year to Research

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Backed by nearly $4 million of support from HHMI, 111 medical and dental students will spend a year doing mentored research at medical research centers nationwide, as participants in two programs designed to help meet the need for researchers with medical and dental training.

For 111 medical and dental students, the next year will be spent exploring a different side of medicine. Backed by nearly $4 million of support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the students will spend a year doing mentored research at medical research centers nationwide, as participants in two programs designed to help meet the need for researchers with medical and dental training.

“Physician-scientists contribute a unique and valuable perspective to the research community,” said William Galey, graduate science education program director at HHMI. “They have a direct knowledge of where improved therapies and diagnostics are most needed, as well as an understanding of how to approach those problems in a laboratory setting. By offering outstanding medical and dental students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of research, we hope to encourage them to make research part of their careers.”

Our intent is to increase the number of professionals who apply science in the service of medicine.

Peter J. Bruns

The 42 students selected to participate in the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program will live for a year on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, conducting research in NIH laboratories. Sixty-nine other students will immerse themselves in research through HHMI's Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students (Medical Fellows) Program, which supports a year of full-time research at an institution of the fellow's choosing. Students will pursue a diverse range of projects during their year away from school, in fields such as immunology, neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, and genetics.

For the 2007 competition, HHMI received a total of 336 applications from students at 96 different medical and dental schools. HHMI makes a special effort to attract women and minorities underrepresented in the sciences to apply for these programs. This year, 43 percent of the research scholars and 39 percent of the medical fellows are women, and approximately 14 percent of the research scholars and 13 percent of the medical fellows are underrepresented minorities.

The Research Scholars Program and the Medical Fellows Program are part of a larger effort by HHMI to integrate basic research and clinical experience. A complementary graduate science education program, the Med into Grad Initiative, addresses the need for scientists with medical knowledge and skills by incorporating more clinical training into Ph.D. programs in the life sciences. “It is important to close the gap between bed and bench,” said Peter J. Bruns, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs. “We bring medical students to the lab to immerse them in scientific inquiry and graduate students to the clinic to expose them to medically important problems. Our intent is to increase the number of professionals who apply science in the service of medicine.”

The Institute also supports physician-scientists through its investigator program, which gives outstanding, creative scientists the freedom and support to pursue innovative research. As many as 15 physician-scientists are expected to be named HHMI investigators in the fall of 2007.

The 2007 research scholars and medical fellows are:

HHMI-NIH Research Scholars

Name

Medical School

Amana Akhtar

University of Michigan Medical School

Sonny Batra

Stanford University School of Medicine

Steven Beaudry

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Christina Bennett

Indiana University School of Medicine

Kristin Berg

Creighton University School of Medicine

Jim Boonyaratanakornkit

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Steven Brauer

Harvard Medical School

Christina Brezing

University of Florida College of Medicine

Jorge Caballero

Stanford University School of Medicine

Jonah Cohen

Brown Medical School

Kelly Cushing

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Fei Dong

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Chibawanye Ene

Indiana University School of Medicine

Haven Garber

Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health

Joshua Gordon

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Rohit Gupta

Duke University School of Medicine

Kirsi Hakkinen

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

Julie Hall

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Victor Harrison

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Brett Jagger

Indiana University School of Medicine

Osamu Kaneko

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Adam Kern

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

Mohammed Khan

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Jung Eun Lee

Duke University School of Medicine

Quan Lan Lew

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

Michelle Longmire

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Elise Meoli

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Eric Muñoz

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Derek Narendra

University of Michigan Medical School

Josiah Orina

Emory University School of Medicine

Lavanya Palavalli

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Mrinali Patel

Duke University School of Medicine

Katie Pricola

Stanford University School of Medicine

John Quick

New York University School of Medicine

Abigail Rao

Dartmouth Medical School

Andrea Russo

Dartmouth Medical School

Shashank Sinha

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

Mariel Solares

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Scott Steward-Tharp

University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Matthew Swisher

Duke University School of Medicine

Ashesh Thaker

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Nicholas Zwang

Harvard Medical School

Medical Fellows

Name

Medical School

Fellowship Institution

Joel Adler

University of Wisconsin Medical School

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Valerie Arboleda

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Joshua Aronson

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Amrita Arora

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Frank Attenello

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Jason Baron

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Irun Bhan

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

David Caretto

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Mark Chao

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Lynn Choi

New York Medical College

Harvard Medical School

John DeCaro

Stanford University School of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Katherine Dickman

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Andra Dingman

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Amir Durrani

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Rachel Edlin

New York University School of Medicine

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Damien Ellens

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University School of Medicine

Robert Fenster

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Rockefeller University

Ryan Funk

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Eric Gehrie

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Craig Giacomini

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Lia Gracey

University of Michigan Medical School

Stanford University School of Medicine

Ian Han

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Stanley Hoang

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Kimberly Hsu

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Mark Hsu

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Susan Huang

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Jason Jaetao

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Cynthia Jimenez

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Kim Jiramongkolchai

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Sanjat Kanjilal

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Maya Kasowski

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University School of Medicine

Charles Kim

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Somi Kim

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

Robert Koeth

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Amie Lee

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Darrin Lee

University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine

University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine

Michael Lee

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Loretta Li

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Sheng-fu Lo

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University School of Medicine

Ajay Malhotra

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Kareem Mawad

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Paula McPoland

University of Washington School of Medicine

University of Washington School of Medicine

Charles Mikell

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Eric Milner

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Camille Minder

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Steven Minear

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Sandy Mong

Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anvy Nguyen

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Krishna Parekh

Duke University School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Tanvi Parikh

Cornell University Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Nishant Patel

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Priyesh Patel

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Bradford Perez

Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University School of Medicine

Joshua Schulman

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Andrew Schweitzer

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Alexandra Snyder

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Sheela Toprani

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Ryan Ungaro

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Luis Verduzco

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Kyle Viani

University of Michigan Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School

Shoshana Weiner

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Elizabeth Whitlock

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Robert Wirka

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Ambrose Wong

Washington University School of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Ashley Wysong

Duke University School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Ai-ris Yonekura

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Charles Yu

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Harras Zaid

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Zambricki

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

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