Burroughs Wellcome Fund Invests $6.3 million into the Careers of Physician-Scientists

18 May 2020

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Supporting the research careers of medical doctors conducting biomedical investigation has long been a priority of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In 2020, the Fund is pleased to announce the latest cohort of the Career Award for Medical Scientists recipients.

The Career Award for Medical Scientists (CAMS) focuses on the transition of physician-scientists from postdocs/fellows into an independent research position. This program hopes to address the shortage of physicians entering the research workforce. To date, the program has funded 157 physician-scientists for an investment of more than $100 million.

“The shortage of the physician-scientist role in biomedical role is still a critical need,” said Fund President and CEO Dr. Louis Muglia. “The Career Award for Medical Scientists program addresses that need by providing support to the future leaders of physician-scientist and we are proud to have them a part of the BWF network.”

The 2020 recipients of the Career Awards for Medical Scientists are:

Alexander George Bick, MD, PhD | Harvard Medical School
Targeting clonal hematopoiesis using human genetics

Julia Catherine Carnevale, MD | University of California-San Francisco
Targeting SOCS1 and RASA2 to engineer more potent adoptive T cell therapies for cancer treatment

Emily Anne Ferenczi, MB, ChB, PhD | Harvard Medical School
Direct projections from globus pallidus externa (GPe) to cortex: a novel role in basal ganglia-cortical circuit function

Ryan Alexander Flynn, MD, PhD |Stanford University
Defining the regulation of RNA by glycosylation

Anna Nam, MD | Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Defining the impact of somatic mutations on human hematopoiesis via single-cell multi-omics

Josephine Ni, MD | University of Pennsylvania
Determinants of bacterial biofilm formation at the intestinal mucosal interface and their roles in pathogen exclusion

Xilma Rosa Ortiz-Gonzalez, MD, PhD | University of Pennsylvania
Looking at Neuroegenerative Disorders Through a Pediatric Lens

William Renthal, MD, PhD | Harvard Medical School
Leveraging single-cell genomics for the development of novel pain treatments

Andrew Ben Stergachis, MD, PhD | Harvard Medical
School Single-molecule chromatin architectures of disease-associated non-coding genetic variants