SOURCE: American Medical Association Foundation

American Medical Association Foundation

March 11, 2011 11:54 ET

AMA Foundation Awards Outstanding Young Researchers

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2011) - The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded research grants to 37 junior investigators. The Seed Grant Research Program provides medical students, residents and fellows with grants of up to $2,500 for basic science or clinical research projects.

The recipients are studying cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, leukemia and neoplastic diseases.

"The AMA Foundation is committed to encouraging the best and brightest researchers," said AMA Foundation president Barney Maynard, MD. "There are few opportunities available to younger scientists to help jumpstart projects. Our seed grants provide important support and professional development for physicians at the start of their careers."

The 2011 recipients are:

  • Neeraj Agrawal, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Ranjith Babu, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Bonny Bardhan, MBBS, University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Adrienne Barry, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign
  • Katherine Berg, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Kalkidan Bishu, MD, Mayo Medical School
  • Lindsey Burnett, PhD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign
  • Elizabeth de la Garza, University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
  • Robert Dood Jr., MSCE, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Daniel Ferraro, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Alejandro Garcia, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Katja Gist, DO, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Adele Haimovic, NYU School of Medicine
  • Yashar Kalani, MD, PhD, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Sarah Kim, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Douglas Krakower, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Donald Lynch, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Grace Marx, MD, MPH, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Ellen Menocal, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Jessica Naiditch, MD, Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Huy Ngo, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Matthew Painschab, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Vivek Patel, MS, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Vimal Ramjee, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Casey Rebholz, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Monica Rodriguez, MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Jack Rostas III, MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • Paul Simonson, PhD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign
  • Laura Sonoda, MPH, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Rishi Surana, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Daria Szkwarko, UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Theresa Tran, MD, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
  • Anand Vaidya, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Gregory Wanner, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Allison Watson, Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota
  • Jenni Weeks, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cheng-Chia Wu, New York Medical College

The program encourages more physicians to consider research as a career option. Many go on to publish their work, present at conferences and secure larger grants.

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