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CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded grants to 28 junior investigators. The Seed Grant Research Program provides medical students, residents, and fellows with grants of up to $2,500 for basic science or clinical research projects. The recipients are conducting research in the fields of cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, and pancreatic cancer.

“Through this program, the AMA Foundation supports the next generation of researchers who will be at the forefront of innovations in medicine,” said AMA Foundation President Clarence Chou, MD. “Seed grant recipients represent America’s future medical researchers, teaching faculty, and scientists.”

The 2013 recipients are—

  • Sigrid Bairdain, MD, Harvard Medical School – Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Theordore Braun, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Jessica Brown, DO, University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Medicine
  • James Byrne, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Michael Cheezum, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Chana Chin, MD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Christina Duchholz, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Zachary Emond, MD, Northwestern University – McGaw Medical Center
  • John Evankovich, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Sara Hardy, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Michael Healy, Columbia University College of Phyisicans and Surgeons
  • Pranoti Hiremath, Harvard Medical School - Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Katherine Holzem, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Paul Hutchison, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Dan Jane-Wit, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Michael Larson, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Peter H.U. Lee, MD, Stanford University
  • David Luke, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Nicholas Mark, MD, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Simi Padival, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Suneet Purohit, MD, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Dionisia Quiroga, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Monica Richardson, MD, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Scott Robinson, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Joelle Rosser, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Justin Sperlazza, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jill Streams, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The AMA Foundation advances public health and medical scholarship through philanthropic support of physician-directed initiatives:

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