Five M2 students received
top honors during the 47th Annual Medical Student Research Day on January
23. These students made history along with their fellow classmates by
setting a record for the highest participation ever (50% of the class)
in the Medical Student Research Program. Behind each student is a dedicated
faculty mentor who shares in the excitement of scientific discovery.
Students who took home prizes that day included Christine Ragusa,
recipient of the Helen Miller Award for the most outstanding and meritorious
short-term research project. Dana Rodgers received
the Dean's Award for exceptional research accomplishment. The Judge's
Award for the best poster presentation went to Paul Pruett.
In addition, Sidney Hankerson and Alexis Cutchins
were named members of the American Federation of Medical Research. Thanks
to everyone who made this special day possible, including Dr.
Rafi Ahmed, keynote speaker, and the members of the Faculty
Committee for Medical Student Research, chaired by Dr. Gerald
Congratulations to Bisrat
Abraham (M1), Sidney Hankerson (M2), Nicole
Mapp (M2), and Handel Robinson (M2), recipients
of the Dr. Erich G. Randolph Scholarship for 2002.
Dr. Randolph, an oncologist in private practice in Atlanta, completed
a residency in internal medicine at Emory and practiced at Crawford
Long Hospital. The scholarship bearing his name recognizes academic
achievement, community service, and other contributions by students.
It also acknowledges their potential as future leaders in the field
of medicine through patient care, teaching, and research, as well as
nonmedical contributions to society. Each student received a $2,000
scholarship from the Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs.
When you want a
different perspective in medicine, try going to a country where you
have to diagnose without the technological wizardry we take for granted
or treat diseases that are nonexistent or have virtually disappeared
from the United States. That's what M2 student Tamajah Gibson
experienced during a rotation in Bombay, India, in December. The rotation
was made possible by Dr. Vaddadi Rao, Medical Director
of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at Grady Hospital, who launched the
pilot program in India of Emory's International Rotation: Global Perspectives
in Human Care. Ms. Gibson, the second participant in the program, traveled
to India with Dr. Rao and his wife, Dr. Meena Rao,
a gynecologist-obstetrician, to learn more about maternal and child
health and other clinical issues. Ms. Gibson also has been to Ecuador
and Ghana and plans to visit Cuba this summer as part of the Student
National Medical Association.
Dr. Sergey Dikalov
has been appointed director of the newly created Free Radicals in Medicine
Core in the Department of Medicine's Division of Cardiology. Located
in the Woodruff Memorial Research Building, the core promotes interaction
among SOM investigators who have an interest in oxidative stress. It
offers the necessary equipment and expertise to provide state-of-the-art
measurements of reactive oxygen species, particularly using electron
spin resonance spectroscopy. Dr. Dikalov received his doctorate in physical
chemistry and biochemistry from the Institute of Chemical Kinetics of
the Russian Academy of Science. He comes to Emory following a visiting
fellowship in the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Chemistry at the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Dr. Nadine Kaslow, chief psychologist at Grady Hospital, is spearheading
the Nia Project, named after the Kwanzaa term, "Nia," meaning "purpose."
Part of a CDC-funded research program, the project aims at proper intervention
and group therapy and is one of only a few that link intimate partner
violence and suicidal behavior among African-American women. Dr. Kaslow
also is involved with the Adolescent Depression Research Project, a
study focusing on therapy for girls ages 12 to 16 who have been physically
and/or sexually abused. The project provides specialized family counseling,
which is an integral part of the girls' treatment.
The FDA recently
approved bilateral deep-brain stimulation for treating patients with
advanced Parkinson's disease. In studies conducted at Emory and 17 other
locations, this "brain pacemaker" has been shown to relieve the slowness,
stiffness, and shaking associated with the debilitating disease. Neurologist
Dr. Jerrold Vitek served as principal investigator
The Office of Research and Strategic
Initiatives welcomes two new members to its staff. Dr. Jackie Fine
recently joined the office as Associate Director to facilitate interdepartmental
and interdisciplinary programmatic grant applications, core laboratory
facilities, and faculty development in research. Mr. Tom Champagne
has been appointed as Associate Director to assist faculty,
administrators, and research cores with the fiscal management of research
activities. He also will work closely with the SOM Office of Business
and Finance and the University Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting.
Dr. Erica Frank has been named Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She will develop innovative
curricular programs and guide department faculty and trainees in their
Dr. Carl D'Orsi has been appointed Director of Breast Cancer Imaging
for the Winship Cancer Institute and Professor of Radiology and Professor
of Hematology and Oncology in the SOM. Dr. D'Orsi will oversee development
of the Breast Cancer Imaging Care and Research Center within the Avon
Products Foundation Breast Cancer Research Center at Grady Hospital.
He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading clinical investigators
and authorities on the development of improved mammography. He comes
to Emory from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
A study by researchers
at Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) and at Johns Hopkins recently published
in The Lancet identifies chromosomal imbalances as an accurate
marker to predict recurrences of colorectal cancer. Dr. Wei
Zhou of the WCI and Dr. Bert Vogelstein of
Johns Hopkins developed a technique called digital SNP (single-nucleotide
polymorphism), which accurately measures chromosomal imbalances by directly
counting alleles in sample chromosomes. This is the first study to use
measurement of chromosomal imbalance to predict which patients are likely
to suffer a recurrence of colorectal cancer. Digital SNP helps researchers
count each allele in the chromosomal sample, providing an unprecedented
degree of accuracy for analysis.
Two SOM faculty
members are participating in Emory's Great Teachers Lecture Series.
Dr. Michael Kuhar, Charles Howard Candler Professor
of Pharmacology and one of the world's leading neuroscientists in the
study of addiction, will discuss "Drug Abuse: The Drive Within" at 7:30
pm on Thursday, February 21, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Next
month, Dr. Christian Larsen, Carlos and Marguerite
Mason Professor of Surgery in Transplantation and Director of the Emory
Transplant Center, will lecture on "Rejection, Acceptance, and Tolerance:
Progress Toward Islet Transplantation for Diabetes." Dr. Larsen will
begin his talk at 7:30 pm on March 7 at the Miller Ward House. Both
lectures are free and open to the public. For more details, call 727-6000.
is no question that our colleagues have made significant advancements
in research, teaching, and patient care here at Emory, I am constantly
amazed at the contributions they make nationally in their respective
fields. Here are some of their latest awards and honors:
- Dr. Mario DiGirolamo, Professor Emeritus, Department
of Medicine, received the Albert Stunkard Life Achievement Award for
Scholarship and Mentorship in Obesity Research at the International
Meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity
in Quebec City, Canada.
- Dr. Robert Guyton, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
was selected as President-Elect of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
- Dr. Robert Rich, Executive Associate Dean, Research
and Strategic Initiatives, was chosen as Editor-in-Chief Designate
of the Journal of Immunology. His term begins in January 2003.
Thomas J. Lawley, MD