Today, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) in concert with the American Heart Association, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the John Templeton Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation and the Walder Foundation announced the 22 medical schools--including Duke University--receiving $12.1 million in grants through the COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (FRCS) competition.
Nine faculty members in the Duke University School of Medicine, including Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, have been awarded distinguished professorships. In total, Duke University awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools this year.
Three new scholars, including Rachel Cason, MD, a first-year nephrology fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, have been accepted to the Duke CTSA TL1 Post-Doctoral Training Program. The TL1 Program provides two years of funded time to support the research training of outstanding junior scientists.
Eileen Chambers, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics and surgery in the Duke University School of Medicine, was recently elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).
Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, has been named associate dean for physician-scientist development and director of the Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD), a centralized, school-wide initiative designed to support the training needs and early faculty transition of physician-scientists.
In this week’s Faculty Spotlight, Reeti Kumar, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology, talks about the importance of the development of novel biomarkers for the early detection and diagnosis of renal diseases. She also discusses her primary research interest focused on describing renal outcomes in children with pediatric cancers.
This week's Faculty Spotlight shines on Annabelle Chua, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology. Chua talks to us about how she ultimately decided on a career in medicine due to the diligent care and support her mother received following a cancer diagnosis. She talks about how her love of children drew her to pediatrics and specifically, pediatric nephrology. She describes her primary research interests and her most significant mentor, Dr. Shashi Nagaraj. She also shares some advice for trainees as well as her passions outside of work.