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Pediatrics selects seven investigators for CMNH and Derfner awards

Friday, April 12, 2019
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 2019 award recipients are listed below:

Mai ElMallah, MBBCh
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)
"Respiratory Pathology in a Novel Humanized Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy"
Award: Derfner Foundation

Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
"The role of PRDM16 loss-of-function mutations in the development of neonatal cardiomyopathy"
Award: Derfner Foundation

Michael Smith, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
"Pediatric Antibiotic Use in the NC Medicaid Population"
Award: Derfner Foundation

Kirsten Orloff, MD
Fellow (Critical Care Medicine)
"Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes after Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest"
Mentor: Kanecia Zimmerman, MD
Award: Derfner Foundation

Dmitry Tchapyjnikov, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology)
"A Machine Learning Algorithm for Automated Neonatal Seizure Detection"
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Alexander Kovach, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate (Hematology-Oncology)
"Preclinical evaluation of HES1 inhibition in the childhood cancer rhabdomyosarcoma"
Mentor: Corinne Linardic, MD, PhD
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

Tobias Straube, MD
Fellow (Critical Care Medicine)
"Oscillating Non-porous Hollow Fiber Membranes to Enhance Efficiency of an Intravascular Oxygenator Catheter"
Mentor: Ira Cheifetz, MD
Award: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH)

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