Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s, recently announced that Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, has been named the new director of the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development, and Rasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, has been named the associate program director. Both positions are effective immediately.
“As you know, the department is strongly committed to providing expert clinical training and educational opportunities in the context of formal research progression towards becoming an independent investigator,” said Reed.
In their new positions, Drs. Permar and Gbadegesin will work with the vice chair of education and vice chair of research to recruit and retain top trainees, preferably with established track records of success in the clinical and basic research worlds, and support their dual interests during and after residency and fellowship training. Support will include keeping the residents’ research interests viable during the challenges of clinical training, connecting with like-minded physician-scientists and mentors throughout the training processes, and streamlining the transition to fellowship training and junior faculty positions. Drs. Permar and Gbadegesin will also be partnering with senior leadership to increase the number of physician-scientists in categorically identified areas of priority in the department.
In addition, Dr. Permar has accepted the integral position of director of the Duke Children’s Discovery Institute, effective immediately. In this position, she will lead the effort to discover and develop a research program specifically focused on the early influences of health and disease.
This initiative will comprise constituents throughout Duke University including the School of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems, Child Development Center, Law School, Information Initiative at Duke and the School of Engineering.
“This unique collaboration between obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric, adult physician-scientists, basic scientists and population health biologists will ultimately inform pediatric prevention and cure strategies for childhood and chronic diseases, with the overarching goal to improve pediatric health and eliminate pediatric origins of chronic diseases,” Permar said.
“I would like to welcome Drs. Permar and Gbadegesin to their new leadership positions and also extend my thanks for their efforts and support as we grow and further define the future of pediatric research,” said Reed.