The American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation announced the award winners for the 2009 Research Scholar Program. The AUA Foundation Research Scholar Program supports young scientists in the early stages of their research careers. This year, a record number of candidates applied for awards.
The Research Scholar Program provides support to young men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in urologic research. Applicants can choose from one- and two-year fellowships for MDs and PhDs.
The program seeks to attract the highest quality research candidates available and offers a $30,000 salary stipend for each year of the award, with a 100 percent match from the researcher’s institution.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to sponsor a record number of scholars this year,” said AUA Foundation Executive Director Sandra Vassos, MPA. “By supplementing researcher salaries, we hope to attract the best and brightest to research urologic conditions so that we can meet our goal of ultimately curing urologic diseases.”
The following researchers have been named AUA Foundation Research Scholars for 2009:
Scott Delacroix, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Susceptibility of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
Smitha Dutt, PhD, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Amit Gupta, MD, MPH, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Guang Jia, PhD, The Ohio State University
HaiHong Jiang, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic
Xiaogang Jiang, MD, PhD, University of Washington
Rong Liu, PhD, Albany Medical College
Joshua Meeks, MD, PhD, Northwestern University
Ted Skolarus, MD, University of Michigan
Ye Sun, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital Boston
Jared Whitson, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Jun Yan, PhD, Columbia University
In October 2007, the AUA Board of Directors approved the creation of an AUA Section Scholar Endowment Initiative that provides matching funds to assist AUA Sections in establishing endowed research funds to support research scholars. The AUA Northeastern, North Central, Western and South Central sections have all funded scholars this year as part of the initiative.
“The creation of the AUA Section Scholar Endowment Initiative not only encouraged more sections to sponsor a research scholar than ever before, but it also provided for the continuation of the endowment so that these sections can continue to sponsor new scholars each year,” said AUA President John M. Barry, MD.
Since its inception in 1975, the Research Scholar program has presented research scholarships and awards to more than 460 researchers through a variety of programs and fellowships. Many of those scholars remain in academic urology today, conducting valuable research and continuing to build upon the base of experience and knowledge gained during their research fellowships.
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Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 for more information on the AUA Foundation Research Scholars Program or to schedule an interview with one of the following experts:
- Sandra Vassos, MPA, AUA Foundation executive director
- Anton Bueschen, MD, AUA president
- Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD, chair of the AUA Foundation Research Council, chair of the Department of Urology at Northwestern University
- Leo Giambarresi, PhD AUA Foundation director of research
About the AUA Foundation: Originally established in 1987, the Foundation is the premier provider and resource for the most current, comprehensive and reliable urologic health information. We advocate and educate to empower physicians and the public to progress toward the highest quality prevention, detection and treatment of urologic diseases. With the support and strength of more than 16,000 physician members of the American Urological Association, the AUA Foundation strives to make certain that those who suffer from urologic conditions can enjoy the benefit of the highest level of care possible.
Lacey Dean, AUA