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Aiding HIV Vaccine Research—Sean O’Keefe received a 2017 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckstein Student Research Fellowship, which supports research by a medical student for a minimum of eight to ten weeks, up to two years. The fellowship will fund Mr. O’Keefe’s participation in immunobiology research aimed at developing a vaccine against HIV, which causes AIDS—a syndrome that afflicts more than 1 million Americans and currently has no cure. Using mice, Mr. O’Keefe will assess their response to virus infections based on the specific antibodies they produce. This information could prove helpful in the vaccine development and ultimately lay the ground work for future research demonstrating the efficacy of a vaccine.  Mr. O’Keefe, who is a rising second-year medical student, is conducting his studies with supervision from Dr. William Jacobs and Dr. Betsy Herold.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
 

Dismantling Myths—Second-year medical student Riku Moriguchi was awarded a scholarship from the Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA). Funding for the $12,000 scholarship comes from the Nishioka Foundation, which sponsors individuals of Japanese descent who are pursuing a career in medicine. The scholarship supports Mr. Moriguchi’s proposed project in which he plans to address a cultural myth in Japanese communities whereby medical education is perceived to be reserved only for students with high grades and standardized test scores. Working with a JMSA mentor, he plans to raise student awareness in Japanese-language schools around the greater New York City area that medicine can be pursued by anyone with the interest and determination to study hard. He will visit these schools and discuss his own experience pursuing medicine.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
 

Fight for Sight Fellowship Award—Fight for Sight, a charity organization that supports eye and vision research, awarded Davis Uzochukwu Anugo a 2017 Summer Student Fellowship, a highly competitive national summer fellowship in the field of eye and vision research. The honor is all-the-more impressive because Mr. Anugo is a medical student and was competing against Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students for the prestigious fellowship. The award funds a research project in which he will investigate the role of Fidgetin-like 2 protein in the process of wound healing in the corneal epithelium, which is the outer, protective layer of the cornea. He also will investigate the role of the protein in regenerating the corneal nerve. Mr. Anugo is a third-year medical student. His mentors on the project are Drs. Roy Chuck and Cheng Zhang. Dr. Chuck is professor and chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Einstein; Dr. Zhang is assistant professor in the department and director of neuro-ophthalmology, with special interest in pediatric ophthalmology and ocular pathology.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
 

Sarnoff Fellowship Awarded—Sarah Marx has been selected to receive a fellowship from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Through the fellowship, Ms. Marx will conduct academic research for a year. As part of the program, fellows choose from a selection of laboratories throughout the country and conduct a research project of their design under the tutelage of preeminent cardiovascular researchers. Ms. Marx is the first Einstein student in 15 years to receive this fellowship. Recipients enjoy a generous stipend, as well as travel funds to attend the Sarnoff annual scientific meetings and American Heart Association scientific sessions. Ms. Marx is a third-year medical student.

Monday, May 08, 2017
 

Sharing Research—Sara Nik, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in developmental & molecular biology, attended the first European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Conference on Hematopoietic Stem Cells: From the Embryo to the Aging Organism. Held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, the three-day workshop brought together leading experts in the field of hematopoiesis (the formation of blood cells) to discuss advances in their field. Ms. Nik presented a poster illustrating the thesis research she is conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Bowman. It described the role of the spliceosome, a large macromolecular "machine" within cells that is crucial for regulating gene expression. The poster showed how dysfunction of the spliceosome can lead to defects in blood cell formation that can lead to blood cancers such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Dr. Bowman is assistant professor of developmental & molecular biology and of medicine.

Monday, November 07, 2016
 

Fellowship in Tropical Medicine—The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has awarded fourth-year medical student Elizabeth Dupont the 2016 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. The unique fellowship—named to honor the acclaimed tropical medicine expert Benjamin H. Kean, M.D.—is the only medical student award in the United States dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. The award includes airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic. Ms. Dupont was among 21 outstanding fellows from 19 medical schools who were selected for this honor. She will travel to Mali, West Africa, where she will spend a year investigating, "Rotavirus Vaccine Impact on Diarrheal Disease Burden in Mali." ASTMH is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016
 

Issue of Leadership Training—In a paper “The Iatrogenic Crisis of Leadership Training: Status of Residency Programs,” published in the July/August 2016 edition of Physician Leadership Journal, fourth-year medical student Rabbi Peter Kahn discusses the lack of leadership training in United States residency programs, with only a few programs offering stand-alone educational tracks dedicated to leadership. Mr. Kahn, a recipient of a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and an master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins, can attest to the value of such training and advocates for the current residency system to provide urgently needed leadership in the form of separate leadership tracks. He also encourages all medical students, house staff and physicians to develop managerial training courses at their institutions.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
 

Authorship Achievement—Third-year medical student Olivia Low is a contributing writer for the online magazine in-Training, which provides a venue for news and commentary written by the worldwide medical student community. Ms. Low writes on issues of social justice and global health equity. Now, her work has been featured in a recently published book, in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow's Physicians. The book is described as a collection of “peer-edited narratives written by medical students on humanism, our real-life patients, and the challenges of being a physician-in-training.” The book features her essay, “Learning to See: On Photography, Narrative, and Medical Education.” In the piece, Ms. Low shares her experiences as an amateur photographer and the lessons drawn that she hopes may help students in their development as humanistic physicians.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016
 

Impressive Productivity—Third-year medical student Rabbi Peter Kahn has had a productive year for publications. An invited paper regarding student views on the ethics of anatomy was published in a special volume produced by the American Association of Anatomists and has been cited in other journal articles. A portion of his master’s thesis in theology, at Harvard, was published in the Journal of Religion and Health. Most recently, Rabbi Kahn served as lead editor of the latest issue (volume 6) of Verapo Yerape: Journal of Torah and Medicine, a joint publication of Einstein and Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. The journal, which is dedicated to the interface between Jewish law (Halakhah) and science/medicine, achieved top status for new releases in the “Jewish Orthodox Movements” section on amazon.com. Volume 6 includes an article by Rabbi Kahn titled “The Definition of a Human.” Dr. Edward R. Burns, executive dean, penned the foreword for the current issue. The editorial advisor for the journal is Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, professor of clinical emergency medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health at Einstein and attending physician in emergency medicine at Montefiore.

Friday, January 29, 2016
 

Academic Opportunity—Fourth-year medical student Gabriel Rand had the rare privilege and honor to deliver an oral presentation at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, to an audience exceeding 1,000. In all, 27,000 eye health professionals and students attended the meeting. Mr. Rand described his study examining the effects of different topical glaucoma drug types on transplant donor cell viability using the largest electronic donor eye database in the world. He performed his work as part of Dr. Roy Chuck’s research group. Dr. Chuck is professor and chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Einstein and Montefiore. He also is professor of genetics and holds the Paul Henkind Chair in Ophthalmology.

Friday, January 22, 2016
 
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