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Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science announces 2021 Benefactor-Funded Career Development Awards

The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) announces the 2021 Benefactor-Funded Career Development Awards. These awards are made possible through benefactor gifts and are intended to provide important seed money for junior investigators.

Zeynettin Akkus, Ph.D. (RD ’15)
Marie Ingalls Cardiovascular Research Career Development Award in Honor of Dr. Alexander Schirger
“Diagnosis of Diastolic Dysfunction and Constrictive Pericarditis From Echocardiographic Images Using Artificial Intelligence” 

Hassan Albadawi, M.D. (RD ’16)
Christian Haub Family Career Development Award in Cancer Research Honoring Richard F. Emslander, M.D.
“Injectable Ionic Liquids for Percutaneous Tumor Ablation and Drug Delivery”

Itzhak Zachi Attia, Ph.D. (CV ’14)
Ted and Loretta Rogers Cardiovascular Career Development Award Honoring Hugh C. Smith, M.D.
“Creation of Personalized Clinic or Home-Based Point of Care Physiologic Wellness Score for Improving Cardiac Health and Prediction of Cardiac Diseases and Death”

David Cangemi, M.D. (I ’14)
Roderick and Verena Cushman Clinician Career Development Award in Translational Research
“Assessing Intestinal Barrier Function and Permeability in Patients With Functional Dyspepsia” 

Lauren Dalvin, M.D. (I1 ’14, OPH ’17)
Leonard and Mary Lou Hoeft Career Development Award in Ophthalmology Research
“Role of Early Growth Response-1 (EGR1) in Uveal Melanoma”

Erin DeMartino, M.D. (THDC ’17)
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Career Development Award in Pulmonary Medicine
“Heterogeneity in U.S. Pandemic Critical Care Allocation Policies: State-to-State Variation, Stakeholder Insights and Implications for Equity” 

Hilary DuBrock, M.D. (THDCC ’16)
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Career Development Award in Pulmonary Medicine
“Arachidonic Acid Metabolites in Pulmonary Hypertension Associated With Pulmonary Fibrosis” 

Aoife Egan, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D. (ENDO ’20)
Robert and Elizabeth Strickland Career Development Award in Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes and Nutrition
“Estimating Proinsulin Clearance in Humans to Enable Measurement of Proinsulin Secretion in Women With a History of Gestational Diabetes”

Stephen English Jr,. M.D. (I ’16)
Mayo Clinic Myron and Jane Hanley Career Development Award in Stroke Research
“Virtual Reality to Enhance Remote Stroke Evaluation”

"Synthetic Flavonol Lead Development for the Treatment of IPF"
Andrew Haak, Ph.D. (PHYS ’16), Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Ryan Hlady, Ph.D. (MPET ’15)
Exact Sciences Career Development Award in Cancer Innovation Honoring Susan L. Ahlquist
“The Epigenome-Ploidy-Heterogeneity Axis in the Regulation of Liver Disease”

Matthew Houdek, M.D. (OR ’16)
Career Development Award in Orthopedics Research
“Reducing the Risk of Radiation Associated Fractures Through Exosome Based Periosteal Regeneration” 

Omeed Moaven, M.D. (S ’20)
Norma Lee and Morton Funger Clinician Career Development Award in Pancreatic Cancer Research
“Preclinical Investigation of Immunotherapeutic Efficacy and Safety of a Novel Oncolytic Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Expressing Extracellular Matrix-Destructing Enzymes in Combination With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma”

Girish Mour, M.B.B.S., M.D. (CCMI ’08)
Paulette E. and Joseph R. Maslick Career Development Award in Transplant and Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona
“The Role of Genetics and Socioeconomic Factors in Outcomes After Kidney Transplantation in Hispanics and American Indians“ 

Fang-Shu Ou, Ph.D. (HSR ’15)
Daniel J. Sargent, Ph.D., Career Development Award in Cancer Research
“Single-Arm Phase II Clinical Trial Designs for Mixed Interval-Censored Endpoints”

Peter Rhee, D.O. (OR ’12, HAND ’13)
Career Development Award in Orthopedics Research
“Efficacy of Peripheral Nerve-Based Surgical Procedures to Alleviate Spastic Elbow Deformities in Patients With Upper Motor Neuron Injuries” 

Alicia Rodriguez Pla, M.D., Ph.D.
John M. Nasseff, Sr. Clinician Career Development Award in Rheumatology Honoring Dr. Harvinder Luthra
“Understanding the Role of Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and -12 (MMP-12) in Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)” 

Matthew Schellenberg, Ph.D. (BMB ’19), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Discovery of DNA 5'-aldehyde Detection Proteins"

Jad Sfeir, M.D. (CTSA ’18, ENDO ’18, GERI ’19)
Kathryn H. and Roger Penske Career Development Award in Endocrinology in Honor of Dr. Ian Hay
“Association Between Fragility Fractures and Senescence-Associated Secretory Profile”

Mithun Shah, M.D., Ph.D. (HEMO ’17), Division of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Predicting and Preventing Therapy-related Myeloid Neoplasm in Multiple Myeloma Patients Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation"

Nikki Stricker, Ph.D. (PSI ’16)
Kevin Merszei Career Development Award in Neurodegenerative Diseases Research IHO Janet Vittone, M.D.
“Validation of a Computer Adaptive Word List Memory Test for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease Using a Mayo Clinic Remote Cognitive Assessment Platform” 

Jaeyun Sung, Ph.D. (S ’17)
Mayo Clinic Career Development Award in Rheumatoid Arthritis Research
“Leveraging High-Throughput, Data-Driven Technologies for the Discovery of Novel Biomarkers for Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis” 

Nguyen Tran, M.D. (ONCL ’19)
Karl-Erivan Haub Family Career Development Award in Cancer Research Honoring Richard F. Emslander, M.D.
“Optimizing Outcomes of Patients With Advanced HCC Undergoing Immunotherapy Through Novel 68Ga PSMA PET Imaging”

Yiyi Yan, M.D., Ph.D. (HEMO ’17)
Julia and Hans Rausing Career Development Award in Oncology Research Honoring Matthew S. Block, M.D., Ph.D.
“The Impact of Cancer Immunotherapy on Ovarian Function in Young Women With Cancer”



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