Four chosen to receive the 2015 Chair’s Research Award or newly created K-bridge funding

Mary Klotman, MD, chair of the department, and Scott Palmer, MD, MHS, vice chair for research, announced the recipients of the 2015 Chair’s Research Award, and the newly created K-bridge funding program. Both awards fund junior investigators who are making the transition to becoming independent scientists prior to their acquisition of extramural funding.

As Dr. Klotman announced at the Research Retreat 2015 in February, the Department has expanded the Chair’s Research Award and created new programs to support the development of young physician investigators. Changes to the Chair’s award include:

  • Award is renewable up to three years if able to show outstanding progress.
  • All junior faculty in the Department who are not yet competitive for K funding are eligible for the award.
  • Awardees are required to prepare a K development plan, participate in the School of Medicine K Club, and develop a mentoring plan.

This year, four individuals will receive funding through these awards. Each will receive up to $75,000 in salary support for one year.

Recipients of the 2015 Chair’s Award, and the titles of their research projects:

Lindsay Rein, MD
Medical Instructor (Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy)
β–arrestin2 and the disease course of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and myelofibrosis
Mentor is Robert Lefkowitz, MD

Grace Lee, MD
Clinical Associate (Hematology)
Biological Significance of Protamine/Heparin Antibodies
Mentor is Gow Arepally, MD

Recipients of the first cycle of K bridge funding, and the titles of their research projects:

Leonor Corsino, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition)
Hyperinsulinism and BCAA in Racial Differences in Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass
Mentor is David D’Alessio, MD

Gayani Tillekeratne, MD
Fellow (Infectious Diseases)
Extending Duke’s Infection Control Expertise to Low- or Middle-Income Settings: A Focus on Sri Lanka
Mentor is Chris Woods, MD

Dr. Palmer thanks Tom Ortel, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Hematology, for his work overseeing the review process.

“Investment in the next generation of physician investigator is one of the most important things we can do as a Department,” Palmer said. “We recognize increasing challenges to developing a successful academic research career and are committed to support our most promising trainees as they begin to build their own independent research careers.”

Learn more about the Award at

by · Posted on March 31, 2015 in Awards - grants, Endocrinology, Hematological Malignancies & Cellular Therapy, Hematology, Infectious Diseases · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Clinical Research Training Program accepting applications for 2015-16

Duke University School of Medicine’s Clinical Research Training Program is accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year.

The CRTP provides academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. Designed primarily for clinical fellows who are training for academic careers, the program offers formal courses in research design, research management, medical genetics, comparative effectiveness, translational methodologies, and statistical analysis.

A degree option in the program leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, a professional degree awarded by the School of Medicine.  An advanced degree in a clinical science from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission either as a degree candidate or as a non-degree participant.

For a detailed description of the program, the course offerings and a link to the online application, visit: Applications will be accepted through May 15. Classes begin Aug. 31. For more information, contact Gail Ladd, CRTP Program Coordinator, at 681-4560 or

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Boulware to lead new DCRI center to study and improve community health

Boulware_Ebony_DukeMedAlumEbony Boulware, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and professor of medicine, will lead the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement.

The new center at the Duke Clinical Research Institute is designed to foster collaboration among community partners, researchers, and health system leaders. It seeks to decrease health inequities in the Southeast and across the country through studies designed to intervene at both the individual and community level. The center’s goal is to better understand how to sustain improvements in community and population health over the long term.

“Community and population health research and implementation is a team effort, and the Center brings together health practitioners and investigators from multiple sources,” Dr. Boulware said. Read more.

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Medicine Research Conference 3/27/2015: Barkauskas on lung fibrosis

BarkauskasChristinaMedicine Research Conference returns Fri., March 27 at 12 p.m. in Duke Hospital 2002 with a presentation by Christina Barkauskas, MD, medical instructor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Barkauskas will present Understanding the cell biology of pulmonary fibrosis.

Lunch will be provided. Presentation begins promptly at noon.

Medicine Research Conference is a monthly presentation of outstanding research in the Department of Medicine and is designed to foster new initiatives and collaborations among our faculty.


Video from the presentation live or after the fact on the Department’s new video catalog (log in with your NetID).

The full schedule for Medicine Research Conference:  April – no conference; May 29: Katie Garman.
by · Posted on March 26, 2015 in Medicine Research Conference, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Apply for Master of Management in Clinical Informatics program

Learn about Duke’s Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) program at an open house Fri., April 3 at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hock Building, CRTP Classroom.

The MMCi program is designed to meet the need for informatics-trained clinicians, IT professionals, and administrators. MMCi offers a unique curriculum of health informatics and business to give its graduates the skills to thoughtfully consider how informatics and technology are used in health care and to address the challenges of cost and quality.

The Department of Medicine, in partnership with PDC and the health system, will cover the cost for Medicine faculty members selected to participate in the program.

The MMCi program is offered for working professionals with classes every other Friday and Saturday for 12 months, on-site at Duke. The program is currently accepting applications for August 2015 start.

Learn more at

Open house

  • Fri., April 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Hock Building, CRTP Classroom
  • Drop-in, meet MMCi faculty and current students
  • Duke employee program scholarships are available
  • Currently accepting applications for August 2015 start

For more information contact Randy Sears, MMCi Operations –

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Grand Rounds 3/27/15: Home Suitable Dialysis in the Treatment of ESRD

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., March 27 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Rudy Lehrich, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Nephrology).

Dr. Lehrich will present Home Suitable Dialysis in the Treatment of ESRD.

Watch from your desk: If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, click here to watch a live stream (just enter your Duke Net ID and password)

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Celebrating Match Day 2015


Jon O’Donnell talks with internal medicine residency program director Aimee Zaas, MD, at Duke School of Medicine’s 2015 Match Day celebration. O’Donnell will join the residency program as a categorical intern this summer.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program filled all of its spots – 41 categorical, 11 preliminary (5 neurology, 2 dermatology, 2 radiation oncology, 1 anesthesiology, 1 ophthalmology), 6 med/peds and 2 med/psych – with outstanding applicants.

The categorical interns will come from 29 different institutions, including four from Duke, one from Duke-NUS and one from Nairobi. Sixteen of the categorical interns are female, 25 are male.

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Navar-Boggan elected to Duke chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society

thumb_image_navar006Congratulations to Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, MD, PhD, a fellow in the Division of Cardiology, for her election in the Duke University School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society for Spring 2015.

Alpha Omega Alpha is a national medical honor society founded in 1902 to recognize and enhance professionalism, academic excellence, service, and leadership within the profession of medicine.

by · Posted on March 19, 2015 in Awards - honors, Cardiology · Read full story · Comments { 0 }