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Two from Pediatrics receive 2019 Strong Start Awards

Friday, May 3, 2019
Pinar Gumus Balikcioglu; Noelle Younge

Two Department of Pediatrics faculty members have been selected to receive 2019 Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” awards.

The School of Medicine created the awards program in 2016, funded with a gift from the Duke Endowment, to support promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs. Each recipient will receive $70,000 annually for three years to support their research programs. Five awards were funded this cycle.

The recipients from Pediatrics are Pinar Gumus Balikcioglu, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics (Endocrinology), and Noelle Younge, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Neonatology). View the full list of awardees.

“The career path for physician-scientists can be very challenging, requiring years of both clinical and scientific training,” said Andrew Alspaugh, MD, professor of medicine (Infectious Diseases) and molecular genetics and microbiology, and director of the Strong Start awards program. “The goal of this awards program is to provide mentoring and financial resources to support these young faculty members as they become fully independent investigators.”

“The School of Medicine is committed to creating programs like the Strong Start Program to provide support and resources for our faculty so they are able to achieve at the highest level,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Congratulations to these outstanding recipients. Well-deserved!”

The program is designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists including the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows).

The next call for submissions will be in spring 2020.