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Hompe and Varner receive funding from Doris Duke Foundation

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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New York, N.Y.--The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced the medical students whose clinical research projects will receive more than $1.3 million in funding through its Clinical Research Mentorship and International Clinical Research Fellowship programs. Both programs aim to strengthen the clinical research field by providing funding for mentored research opportunities that help advance the professional trajectories of medical students interested in careers as physician scientists.

“With this funding, we aim to encourage promising medical students in their pursuit of clinical research careers,” said Betsy Myers, director for medical research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to support these mentored research projects, which hold the potential to make profound contributions to the biomedical sciences. We hope that these experiences will help ignite a lifelong passion for clinical research for these new investigators.”

The Clinical Research Mentorship program supports the development of a mentoring relationship between a DDCF-funded clinical scientist and a medical student who is interested in becoming a future clinician investigator. Ten teams of medical students and investigators previously funded through other DDCF grants will receive $70,400 each for projects which have already met the high standards of peer review. The students will take a year out of medical school to participate in their respective full-time clinical research experiences. 

The following medical students from the Duke Department of Pediatrics received awards:

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

Visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website for a full list of the Clinical Research Mentorship teams and their project titles.

The International Clinical Research Fellowship program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries. The program is administered through six U.S. medical schools with programs in global health research. Each school offers three to five fellowships per year and is responsible for overseeing the selection of fellows and providing the mentored research experience. 

The following medical students from the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Global Health Institute received fellowships:

  • Emma Fixsen
    School of matriculation: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Temitope Gfaar
    School of matriculation: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Casey Silver
    School of matriculation: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website for a full list of the participating medical schools and this year’s 18 International Clinical Research Fellows.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child wellbeing, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s Medical Research Program supports clinical research that advances the translation of biomedical discoveries into new preventions, diagnoses and treatments for human diseases. To learn more about the program, visit www.ddcf.org.