2017 Clinical Research Mentorship Grantees

Awarded: 3/24/2017

$70,400 over 1 year

In 2017, 10 teams of DDCF-funded investigators and medical students with an interest in becoming future clinician investigators received $70,400 each for one-year research projects.

2017 Clinical Research Mentorship Grantees

Mentee: Mina D. Aziz, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: James L. M. Ferrara, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2002 Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awardee
Project: Early Plasma Biomarkers to Predict Severe GVHD in URM Patients

Mentee: Alex Chaitoff, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Mentor: Michael B. Rothberg, M.D., M.P.H., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2006 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: Understanding the Scope and Efficacy of Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain In Primary Care

Mentee: Karina Covarrubias, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mentor: Dorry L. Segev, M.D. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2008 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: Survival Benefit of Incompatible Live Donor Kidney Transplantation under the New KAS

Mentee: Melissa E. Day, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Mentor: Michael R. DeBaun, M.D., M.P.H., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1999 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: The Biological Correlates of Vaso-Occlusive Pain Associated with Menstruation in Sickle Cell Disease: A Feasibility Study

Mentee: Victor Ekuta, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Mentor: Volney Sheen, M.D., Ph.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2007 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: The role of vesicle trafficking in Alzheimer's disease: development of exosome biomarkers

Mentee: Ashley A. Hardeman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mentor: Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., University of Chicago, 2000 Distinguished Clinical Scientist
Development Awardee
Project: Functional Analysis of SNPs associated with Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer using CRISPR-Cas9 Technology

Mentee: Eliza D. Hompe, Duke University School of Medicine
Mentor: Sallie R. Permar, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University, 2010 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: Defining the anti-viral impact and potential efficacy of HIV-1 envelope vaccination of HIV-infected pregnant women to eliminate mother-to-child transmission

Mentee: Jennifer Varner, Duke University School of Medicine
Mentor: Rasheed A. Gbadegesin, M.D., Duke University, 2009 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: Genetics of childhood nephrotic syndrome

Mentee: Elizabeth Y. Wang, University of California San Francisco
Mentor: Steven A. Lubitz, M.D., M.P.H., Massachusetts General Hospital, 2014 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: Atrial Fibrillation Precipitants and Long-term Morbidity

Mentee: James Yu, Brown University
Mentor: Wael F. Asaad, M.D., Ph.D., Brown University, 2014 Clinical Scientist Development Awardee
Project: iOS Tactile System in Parkinson's Disease: Quantifying Progression of Motor Dysfunction through Integration of Touch Technology