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Pediatrics selects eight investigators for CMNH and Derfner awards

Sunday, April 19, 2020
McGovern Davison Children's Health Center

Each year the Department of Pediatrics distributes support for clinical, basic, or applied research projects proposed by investigators within the Duke Children’s community which is made possible by funds raised through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) programs and corporate partnerships in this area and generous donations from the Derfner Foundation. It is hoped that funded projects will provide the preliminary data that will lead to successful future external grant applications and peer reviewed publications.  

The 2020 award recipients are listed below:

Neil Surana, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Defining the intersection of the microbiota and TB
Award: Derfner Foundation

Kristy Pahl, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology-Oncology)
Localized intravascular coagulation in pediatric patients with vascular malformations
Award: Derfner Foundation

Laura Page, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Using deep learning to improve ultrasound evaluation of thyroid nodules in pediatric and young adult patients
Award: Derfner Foundation

Stephanie Langel, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Infectious Diseases)
Identification of IgA antibody Fc region glycans that impact passive transfer into breastmilk and mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)​

Rushina Cholera, MD
Medical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics (Primary Care)
The effect of immigration policy on the health of Latinx children of unauthorized immigrant mothers
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Yazan Alwarawrah, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Endocrinology)
Determining the role of IL-6 induced T cell metabolic reprograming in obesity-associated autoimmune dysfunction
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Elizabeth Greene, MD
Fellow (Endocrinology)
Effects of early life dysbiosis on undernutrition response
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Sanya Thomas, MD
Fellow (Infectious Diseases)
Risks and outcomes of adenovirus disease in pediatric HSCT recipients, and novel comparison of current antiviral treatment options
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Congratulations to these investigators on their awards and best wishes to them in their investigative work.