Six Resident Research Scholarships for 2013 were awarded by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents earlier this year. The scholarships, which carry awards of $30,000 for each of two years, beginning July 1, 2013, encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. These scholarships are sponsored by The ACS Scholarship Endowment Fund.
The recipients of these scholarships are as follows:
- Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Projected specialty: Surgical oncology. Research project: Copper reduction for BRaf mutation-positive melanoma
- Geoffrey Krampitz, MD, Stanford University, CA. Projected specialty: Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Research project: Identification of neuroendocrine tumor cancer stem cells and development of immunotherapies
- Erin Weber, MD, University of California, Los Angeles. Projected specialty: Plastic surgery. Research project: Reprogramming human epidermal and dermal cells for de novo hair follicle neogenesis
- Cerine Jeanty, MD, University of California, San Francisco. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project: Th17 cells and intestinal inflammation in gastroschisis
- Jason A. Luciano, MD, University of Pittsburgh, PA. Projected specialty: Critical care. Research project: The role of the mitochondria and bioenergetics in regulating the immune response following trauma
- Peter A. Than, MD, Stanford University. Projected specialty: Surgery. Research project: Engineering an autologous implantable liver construct from the inside out
The description and requirements for these research-oriented scholarships are available on the College website.
The Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides income to fund scholarships and fellowships awarded by the Board of Regents, welcomes direct contributions to the fund. Fellows who want to make tax-deductible gifts to support these vital programs should contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338.