Children's Hospital Boston awards 2007 Career Development Fellowships
July 9, 2007
Children's Hospital Boston's Office of Faculty Development recently announced their 2007 Career Development Fellowships. Established in 2002, the fellowships are intended to increase opportunities for junior faculty to advance to senior positions within academic medicine. They provide transitional funding--currently in the amount of $50,000/year for two years--to help sustain research productivity and career growth during critical years.
The 2007 Career Development Fellowship winners include:
- Omid Akbari, PhD, Immunology: Role of peripheral T cell tolerance and regulatory T cells in protective immunity against allergic asthma
- Amy DiVasta, MD, MMSc, Adolescent Medicine: The effect of hormonal add-back therapy in adolescents treated with a GnRH agonist for endometriosis
- Michela Fagiolini, PhD, Neurology: Rett's syndrome: Impaired epigenetic control of experience-dependent brain development
- Amy Fleischman, MD, MMSc, Endocrinology: Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to the development of insulin resistance in children
- Christopher Hug, MD, PhD, Respiratory Diseases: Adiponectin and Tcadherin interactions: Defining a molecular model
- Juan Ibla, MD, Anesthesia: Anti-Inflammatory adaptation to hypoxia: Modulation of IkBcx degradation via adenosine receptor signaling
- Gabriel Kreiman, PhD, MSc, Neurology and Ophthalmology: How is gene expression controlled during the development of primary visual cortex?
- Roopali Roy, PhD, Vascular Biology: Role of Adam12 in the regulation of breast cancer progression and angiogenesis
- Asher Schachter, MD, MMSc, MS, Nephrology: Predictive modeling for pediatric drug development
- Judith Jebanathirajah Steen, PhD, Neuroscience: Quantitative proteomics to chart cell cycle-dependent protein regulation
Of the 10 awards presented this year, seven were given to faculty with family responsibilities and/or for underrepresented minorities.
"I am very grateful to the Office of Faculty Development and very appreciative of the award," says Dr. Hug, who is the father of twin, 7-month-old daughters. "This grant will be extremely helpful to me, as I am in the process of starting my own research group and am finding that my time is not what it used to be!"
"As a new junior faculty member and a full-time mother, I now have to develop an active research program, teach students, compete for grants, and publish, while unreservedly take care of three young boys--ages 7, 5 and 3," adds Dr. Fagiolini. "This is a heavy burden for a scientist, who is trying to establish a new laboratory. It requires energy, flexibility and focus. The Career Development Fellowship will allow me to hire a laboratory assistant, who will ensure there is a constant presence in the lab, and the continuity necessary for success in research."
The Career Development Fellowships are jointly sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, Basic Science Research Executive Committee and the Clinical Research Executive Committee.
"With the shrinking availability of NIH funds, Children's Hospital Boston and the Office of Faculty Development are committed to helping young investigators," says Jean Emans, MD, faculty director of the Office of Faculty Director at Children's.
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 347-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital and its research visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.
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