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ASCI Honors Four CHOP Physician-Scientists

Published on April 15, 2013 in Cornerstone Blog · Last updated 4 months 2 weeks ago


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Four junior investigators from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Department of Pediatrics have been chosen to receive the prestigious 2013 Young Physician-Scientist Award by the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

The ASCI, established in 1908 and one of the nation’s oldest and most respected honor societies, recognizes physician-scientists with superb records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. The Physician-Scientist Award honors outstanding early-career researchers who are funded by NIH career development awards.

The following CHOP investigators received the award:

Edward Behrens, MD, Division of Rheumatology, was acknowledged for his research on the immunopathology of macrophage activation syndrome, as well as signal transduction mechanisms acting as novel regulators of toll-like receptor 9 function.

Alexander Fiks, MD, MSCE, co-medical director of CHOP’s Pediatric Research Consortium and a PolicyLab faculty member, was selected for his research focused on improving the health of ambulatory patients through collaborative practice-based research. He is leading a series of studies using quantitative, qualitative, and informatics methods to explore the role of health information technology in improving medical decision making and child health outcomes.

Neal J. Sondheimer, MD, PhD, Division of Genetics, was acknowledged for studies of mitochondrial transcription and mutagenesis. His laboratory has developed genome-wide approaches to the analysis of mitochondrial variation in common disorders.

Jason Z. Stoller, MD, Division of Neonatology, was selected for his work to elucidate the molecular mechanisms controlling heart development. He has identified a critical signal in the transcription factor, TBX1, that when missing results in DiGeorge syndrome.

To learn more about the groundbreaking research being performed and the services offered at CHOP, see the Hospital’s website.