Top Physician-Scientists Receive $8.4 million Award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Twelve talented medical doctors at some of America’s top health research institutions are recipients of career development grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund — the private, independent foundation making personal investments in biomedical research and careers for more than 60 years.

The 2017 recipients of the BWF Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) include physician-scientists from Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas, University of Washington, and Washington University.

“The declining population of physician scientists has been an area of focus for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for the past decade,” said Burroughs Wellcome Fund President John Burris.   “The complexity of the physician scientist career path has increased as biomedical science has evolved. Our funding provides dollars for research as well as for protecting time spent for conducting research.”

The CAMS program provides $700,000 in funding over five years, to help physicians transition into a full-time career as a biomedical research scientists and tenured faculty members. Including the 2017 cohort, CAMS have been awarded to 122 physician-scientists over the past 10 years.

The 2017 CAMS Awardees and their Research Focus

Vijay Garud Bhoj, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Development of CAR T-cell immunotherapy for prevention and eradication of FVIII inhibitors in Hemophilia A

Lindsay Catherine Burrage, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Impaired glycogen metabolism and chronic liver disease in urea cycle disorders

Aaron Foster Carlin, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-San Diego
Deciphering human innate immune responses to Zika virus infection

Alejandro Chavez, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Novel technologies and their application to neurodegenerative diseases

Whitney Elizabeth Harrington, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington
Defining the role of maternal cells in fetal and infant immunity to malaria

Tamia Alisha Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas
The Function of Resistin Like Molecule alpha (RELMalpha) in Cutaneous Host Defense

Kara Noelle Maxwell, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
A genotype-phenotype study of tumors from patients with inherited mutations in DNA repair genes

Kent William Mouw, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Investigating the effect of ERCC2 mutations on DNA repair capacity and chemo-radiotherapy response in muscle-invasive bladder cancer

Anoop Patel, M.D.
University of Washington
Deep interrogation and modeling of intratumoral heterogeneity, plasticity, and tumor evolution in glioblastoma

Tamer Sallam, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-Los Angeles
Spatial control of nuclear receptor regulatory circuits in cardiovascular disease

Zuzana Tothova, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Elucidating the mechanisms of cohesinopathy in myelodysplastic syndromes

Craig Brian Wilen, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University
Role of virus-receptor interactions in determining norovirus tropism and pathogenesis


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