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Resident Research Scholarships Awarded for 2012-2014


Six Resident Research Scholarships for 2012 were awarded earlier this year. The scholarships, offered to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery, carry awards of $30,000 for each of 2 years, beginning July 1, 2012. These scholarships are sponsored by the Scholarship Endowment Fund of the College.

Recipients are as follows:

• Prassana Alluri, MD, resident in surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research project: An Integrated Approach Towards Targeted Therapy for Prostate Cancer and Other Epithelial Cancers.

• Christopher Tignanelli, MD, resident in surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Research project: Targeting KRAS Mutant Colorectal Cancer.

• Benjamin Bryner, MD, resident in surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research project: Development of an Artificial Placenta for Premature Infants.

• Mahua Dey, MD, resident in neurosurgery, University of Chicago. Research project: Role of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Malignant Glioma Progression.

• Leonid Cherkassky, MD, resident in surgery, Brown University, Providence, RI. Research being undertaken at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. Research project: Immunomodulation of the Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Microenvironment by TGF-ß Inhibiting Cancer-Antigen Targeted T Cells.

• Lung-Yi Felix Lee, MD, resident in surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research project: Targeting Nrf2 in Hepatic Stellate Cells: a Novel Strategy to Mitigate Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.

To view a description and requirements for these research-oriented scholarships, click here.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund provides income to fund scholarships and fellowships awarded by the Board of Regents. Direct contributions to support the Scholarship Endowment Fund are welcome. Fellows wishing to make tax-deductible gifts to fund these vital programs are encouraged to contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5139.

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