Internal Medicine Residents to Present Their Research at May 5 Symposium

UC San Diego Internal medicine residents who took part in a research block during this academic year will present their work in a poster session at the Second Annual UC San Diego Internal Medicine Resident Research Symposium on May 5, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

The symposium hosts are Wolfgang Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine; Simerjot K. Jassal, MD, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Lori Wan, MD, Director of the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program.

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD

“We think this will be a wonderful way for residents who have participated in research to share their accomplishments, and to inspire residents who plan to participate in the future,” said Dr. Jassal.

Lori Wan, MD

Lori Wan, MD

“We hope this will also serve to fuel future projects and create more mentorship opportunities for our residents.”

Last year, 34 residents presented their research at the symposium, which attracted more than 80 residents and faculty members.

This year’s symposium will take place at the Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building Learning Centers (Rooms 141-143) on the School of Medicine campus in La Jolla.

Faculty members and trainees are encouraged to attend. The Internal Medicine Resident Research Symposium RSVP link is http://evite.me/VedAcYKWVS (Safari, Firefox or Chrome browsers only).

Resident research topics and publications from prior years are posted on the Internal Medicine Residency Program website.

John Adamson Honored with American Society of Hematology Mentor Award for Basic Science

Dr.  John AdamsonThis week at its annual meeting in New Orleans, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is presenting Dr. John W. Adamson with its 2013 Mentor Award for Basic Science.

John W. Adamson, MD, is clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and associate director of the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The ASH mentoring awards recognize hematologists who have had a significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology.

The award cites Adamson for his passion for teaching the interrelationship between clinical medicine and biomedical science and the importance of granting early-career hematologists with protected time to develop their scientific skills.

Dr. Adamson has been particularly exceptional at forging bonds among early-career investigators with similar interests and has been an advocate for the advancement of women in hematology.

Several of his mentees have become leading experts in the field, and many have assumed leadership roles in the greater hematology research community.

Adamson is a past president of the American Society of Hematology and was editor of its official journal, Blood, from 1983 to 1987.

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Read the American Society of Hematology press release

Dr. Pradipta Ghosh Receives Clinical Research Mentorship Grant from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Dr. Pradipta Ghosh

Three years ago, Department of Medicine physician-scientist Dr. Pradipta Ghosh received a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award to support her in the transition from junior researcher to independent investigator.

The grant funded her research for three fruitful years as she moved from assistant to associate professor and landed a five-year R01 research grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Now, Ghosh has won DDCF funding again — this time a Clinical Research Mentorship Grant to support her in mentoring medical student Gary Ma in the project, “Molecular Rheostats in Type II Diabetes – Novel Therapeutic Targets for Insulin Resistance.”

The DDCF Clinical Research Mentorship program is a competitive grant program that supports the development of a mentoring relationship between a clinical scientist previously funded through the foundation and a medical student with an interest in becoming a future clinician investigator.

This DDCF program funded 10 mentor/mentee teams this year.

About Dr. Ghosh

Pradipta Ghosh, MD, MBBS, is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program and the Department of Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program.

In her laboratory, Ghosh investigates the cell biology of signal transduction to find new ways to understand and block the development and spread of cancer and other diseases. Her National Cancer Institute research grant supports the project, “Modulation of G Proteins by Growth Factors.”

Looking back at the development of her career, she cites two important mentors, Drs. Stuart Kornfeld and Marilyn Farquhar.

“Stuart Kornfeld and Marilyn Farquhar are spectacular examples of good mentors and what good mentoring involves,” she said. “Being accessible, empowering, ensuring the freedom to probe, to expand the horizon.”

Stuart Kornfeld, MD, is David C. and Betty Farrell Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Hematology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he directs the Medical Scientist Training Program and co-directs the Physician-Scientist Training Program.

Marilyn Farquhar, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Pathology at UC San Diego.

About Her Mentor/Mentee Research Project

Abstract of the Study, “Molecular Rheostats in Type II Diabetes – Novel Therapeutic Targets for Insulin Resistance.”

“The overall goal of the proposed research is to unravel the mechanisms by which [Gα-interacting, vesicle-associated protein] (GIV) maintains insulin sensitivity and how its phosphoinhibition generates Insulin resistance (IR). Insights gained will not only help determine whether GIV can serve as a therapeutic target and a marker for prognosticating response to therapy in patients with IR, but also help decipher, access, and manipulate the entire signaling network to restore physiologic insulin response.”

Karl Y. Hostetler, MD, Receives Prestigious 2012 Gertrude Elion Memorial Award

Karl Y. Hostetler, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Gertrude Elion Memorial Lecture Award by the International Society of Antiviral Research. Hostetler is a professor of medicine in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Endocrinology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Each year the award is given to a scientist of international repute who has made significant contributions to the field of antiviral research and to mentoring of young scientists…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Karl Hostetler
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