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Permar selected as program director for NICHD-sponsored Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Sallie Permar

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD has been selected as the program director for the NICHD-sponsored Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP), which has emerged as the preeminent NIH-sponsored physician-scientist career development program in the country.

Dr. Permar is currently a professor of pediatrics, immunology, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and a member of the Human Vaccine Institute and the Center for Virology at Duke University Medical Center. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University and her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital. She serves as director of the Children’s Discovery Unit and the Pediatric Research Scholars Physician-Scientist Training Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke and as co-director of the Duke Center for AIDS Research Developmental Core. She is a highly accomplished basic, translational, and clinical investigator in the area of congenital and neonatal viral infections, with a focus on HIV, cytomegalovirus, and Zika virus, and has been well funded by the NIH and other funding agencies throughout her career. In recognition of the quality of her research, she has been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Academy of Microbiology. She has a strong track record as a mentor and has been a leader in developing innovative approaches to training physician scientists. 

Dr. Permar will work with Peggy Hostetter, MD, who has served as program director for nearly 22 years, in overseeing the PSDP over the upcoming year and will assume full responsibility as program director in July 2019.

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Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)
The Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) provides intensive training in research relevant to specialty areas of pediatrics. The goal is to prepare entry-level faculty for research careers in academic pediatrics. Physicians presently in pediatric training programs who wish to train in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research with an established investigator/mentor are encouraged to apply. A commitment to an investigative academic career is essential.

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