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September 2010
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Congratulations to the 2010 Medical Scholars Program Recipients

The IDSA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) announces the 2010 recipients of the Medical Scholars Program awards. The program offers scholarships to students in U.S. medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. IDSA members and fellows identify and solicit interested students. To learn more, please visit IDSA’s website.

2010 Medical Scholars Recipients and Mentors

Fatima Akrouh, Harvard Medical School
Establishing Best Practices for Obtaining Blood Cultures in Oncology Patients with Long-Term Indwelling Catheters
Mentor: Francisco Marty, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Michael April, Harvard Medical School
Cost-Effectiveness of Cryptococcus Screening
Mentor: Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, FIDSA, Massachusetts General Hospital

Defne Arslan, Case Western Reserve University
T Cell Function in Lung Transplant Patients with Hypogammaglobulinemia
Mentor: Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH, Cleveland Clinic

Malike Atmakuri, Penn State College of Medicine
Eco-Epidemiology of Chagas Disease Transmission
Mentor: Jose A. Stoute, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Assefa Ayalew, Mayo Medical School
Impact of CIED Infection Treatment Guideline on Clinical Practice at Mayo Clinic
Mentor: Larry M. Baddour, MD, FIDSA, Mayo Clinic

Rachel Bender, University of Iowa
Surveying Trends of Co-Infections with Hansen's Disease in Nova Cruz, Brazil
Mentor: Mary Wilson, MD, FIDSA, University of Iowa

Lindsay Boole, Emory University
Antiretroviral Therapy for Prevention of Heterosexual HIV Transmission in Zambia: Assessing Challenges in Exposure Classification
Mentor: Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA, Emory University

Patrick Bradley, Wayne State University
Epidemiology of Clostridium difficile Infection in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Patients
Mentor: George J. Alangaden, MD, FIDSA, Wayne State University

Kevin Bui, Saint Louis University
Review of ESBL-Producing Bacterial Infections in High-Risk Patients
Mentor: Matthew R. Leibowitz, MD, UCLA Department of Medicine

Timica Campbell, University of North Carolina
Re-Evaluation and Alteration of Standards and Practices of KCH Microbiology Laboratory
Mentor: Charles van der Horst, MD, FIDSA, University of North Carolina

Krisda Chaiyachati, University of Michigan
Introducing Cell Phones for Clinical Support, Monitoring, and Evaluating Adverse Events in a Community-Based MDR-TB Program in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mentor: Gerald Friedland, MD, FIDSA, Yale University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Chenoweth, University of Michigan
Regulation of Uterine Epithelial Cell Antimicrobial Peptide Expression by Lipid Mediators
Mentor: David M. Aronoff, MD, University of Michigan Health System

Victor Chow, University of Washington
Infections in Cord Blood Transplants
Mentor: Steven Pergam, MD, MPH, University of Washington

Jacqueline Chu, Cleveland Clinic at Case Western University
Optimizing Timing of Pretransplant Vaccination in Lung Transplant Recipients
Mentor: Robin Avery, MD, FIDSA, Cleveland Clinic

Michael Cronin, Tufts University
Microlab Dysfunction and Clinical Care
Mentor: Yoav Golan, MD, MS, Tufts Medical Center

Lilli Dash, Columbia University
Program in HIV Vaccine Clinical Research and Clinical ID
Mentor: Scott M. Hammer, MD, FIDSA, Columbia University Medical Center

Nneka Edwards-Jackson, Columbia University
Thai MSM HIV Disclosure Study
Mentor: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, Columbia University Medical Center

Maria Garcia, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Patient Satisfaction and Retention in HIV Care and Treatment Centers in Dar-as-Salaam, Tanzania
Mentor: Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH, FIDSA, Harvard Medical School

Annette George, Albany Medical College
Characteristics Shared Between HIV VLPs and Live Virus
Mentor: Karen Duus, PhD, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical Center

Mark Goldman, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Analysis of HIV Care at AHF Clinics in Rural China
Mentor: Thai C. Nguyen, MD, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Qyana Griffith, Boston University
Host-Parasite Interaction Between CO23+ B Cells and Schistosomes
Mentor: Nikolaos Mavrogiorgos, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

David Taylor Hendrixson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Virologic Efficacy Trial of Pleconaril in the Treatment of Neonates with Enteroviral Sepsis Syndrome
Mentor: David W. Kimberlin, MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine

Kanchana Herath, Penn State College of Medicine
Role of CRRY in the Pathogenesis of Cerebral Malaria in Mice Infected with Plasmodium berghei
Mentor: Jose A. Stoute, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Joshua Herigon, University of Kansas
Improving the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia through a Smartphone-Based Clinical Practice Guideline
Mentor: Jason Newland, MD, Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

Jeffrey Hom, Harvard Medical School
Self-Rated Health and HIV Diagnosis in Durban, South Africa
Mentor: Ingrid V. Bassett, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital

Kara Johnson, Harvard Medical School
Secondary Influenza Infection Prevention in Urban Thai Household
Mentor: Edward O'Rourke, MD, Harvard Medical School

Eric Kalivoda, University of Vermont
Characterizing Cellular Immune Responses during Human S. typhi Infection
Mentor: Edward Ryan, MD, FIDSA, Massachusetts General Hospital

Zahir Kanjee, Yale University
TB Infection Control in Resource-Limited Settings
Mentor: Gerald Friedland, MD, FIDSA, Yale AIDS Program

Soofia Khan, University of Arizona
Reproducibility of EIA & ID Results Between Various Laboratories for Coccidioidomycosis 
Mentor: Rebecca Sunenshine, MD, Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Katherine Kudyba, Vanderbilt University
Breast Feeding and Acute Viral Respiratory Illness
Mentor: Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Edward Churk Fung Lam, University of Hawaii
Infectious Disease Education of New Medical Students
Mentor: Alan Tice, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Infections Limited Hawaii

Jennifer Manne, Boston University
Durable Wall Lining in the Control of Trypanosoma cruzi in Arequipa, Peru: A Pilot Study
Mentor: Davidson Hamer, MD, FIDSA, Boston University School of Medicine

Peter McCaffrey, Johns Hopkins University
Electronic Medication Adherence Program (E-MAP)
Mentor: Khalil Ghanem, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Juliana Minak, University of Virginia
Developing Point of Care Tests to Diagnose Agents of Diarrheal Diseases and Determine Patient Condition and Severity of Disease in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mentor: William A. Petri Jr., MD, PhD, FIDSA, Infectious Diseases and International Health

Aaloke Mody, Duke University
Severe Acute Malnutrition and HIV-1 Infection: An Observational and Metabolomic Analysis
Mentor: John A. Bartlett, MD, FIDSA, Duke University Medical Center

Shane Morriso, Stanford University
Cultural Adaptation of a Measure to Assess Medical Professionals’ Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards HIV/AIDS in Albania
Mentor: Yvonne Maldonado, MD, FIDSA, Stanford University

Scott Nabity, Duke University
Epidemiology of Rapid Diagnosis of Leptospirosis
Mentor: Christopher Woods, MD, MPH, FIDSA, Duke University School of Medicine

Nazlee Navabi, University of Pennsylvania
Engineering Beta-Galactosidase Expressing Strains of Trypanosoma cruzi for Drug Development
Mentor: Frederick Buckner, MD, University of Washington

Erica Nelson, University of Washington
Increasing HAART Adherence in Amharic Ethiopia through Cooperation with the Coptic Church
Mentor: Judd Walson, MD, University of Washington

Tashera Perry, University of Chicago
"Functional Circumcision": Metagenomic characterization of the Male Urogenital Microbiome
Mentor: John Schneider, MD, University of Chicago

Kate Poropatich, George Washington University
DC-SIGN Mediated Cell-Entry by Dengue Virus
Mentor: Stephen J. Thomas, MD, FACP, FIDSA, U.S. Army Medical Component

Nicholas Rademacher, University of Michigan
Parental Attitudes Towards Childhood Immunizations in Eastern Uganda
Mentor: Preeti Malani, MD, FIDSA, VA Ann Arbor HealthCare Systems

Stephanie Rolin, Dartmouth Medical School
The Promise Study: At Gheskio
Mentor: Peter Wright, MD, FIDSA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Lauren Rosenberg, Columbia University
Using Case-Based Vignettes to Improve Adherence to Transmission Precautions in the Pediatric ICU
Mentor: Lisa Saiman, MD, Columbia University Medical Center

Natasha Schimmoeller, New York Medical College
Sensitivity of U.S. vs. European Serologic Test Kits for Detection of Borrelial Antibodies in Patients who Acquired Lyme disease in Europe vs. U.S.
Mentor: Gary Wormser, MD, FIDSA, New York Medical College

Sid Sheth, LECOM at Seton Hill University
Semen Protects Target CD4+ Cells from HIV Infection
Mentor: Timothy Lahey, MD, MMSc, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Andrea Shioleno, Penn State College of Medicine
Identification of Plasmodium Falciparum's Sialic Acid-Independent Red Cell Invasion Ligand
Mentor: Jose A. Stoute, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Jennifer Siu, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Summer Clinical Research in the Epidemiology of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Mentor: Anthony Harris, MD, MPH, FIDSA, University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Kelly Sloane, Johns Hopkins University
Electronic Medication Adherence Program (E-MAP)
Mentor: Khalil Ghanem, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Joanne Smucker, Penn State College of Medicine
Identification of Anthropological and Sociocultural Risk Factors for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Capira District, Panama
Mentor: Jose A. Stoute, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Michael Soule, Yale University
HIV Prevention and Treatment Policy Development in Ukraine
Mentor: Frederick Altice, MD, MA, Yale School of Medicine

Aimee Tang, New York Medical College
Sensitivity of U.S. vs. European Serologic Test Kits for Detection of Borrelial Antibodies in Patients who Acquired Lyme disease in Europe vs. U.S.
Mentor: Gary Wormser, MD, FIDSA, New York Medical College

Ryan Tansek, Wayne State University - Detroit Medical Center/Wayne St. University Medical Student ID Summer Training Program 
Mentor: Keith Kaye, MD, FIDSA, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University

Peter Thorson, University of Hawaii
MRSA in the Homeless of Hawaii
Mentor: Alan Tice, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Infections Limited Hawaii

Yu Ting, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Predictors of Clinical Outcomes in Neonatal Herpes
Mentor: Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA, University of Alabama School of Medicine

Seth Vining, Medical University of South Carolina
Ability of an Active Surveillance Culture Program to Identify Patients Colonized with Community-Associated MRSA
Mentor: Cassadra Salgado, MD, MS, Medical University of South Carolina

Karina Vivar, New York University
Comparing Differences in Malaria Parasitemia by Real-Time Quantitative PCR in HIV-Infected Infants & Children on PI-Based HAART vs. NNRTI-Based HAART
Mentor: Charlotte Hobbs, MD, New York University

Annah Vollstedt, University of Iowa
Socioeconomic & Environmental Factors Contributing to Leprosy in Nova Cruz, Brazil
Mentor: Mary Wilson, MD, FIDSA, University of Iowa

Tyler Wahl, University of Alabama at Birmingham
HIV Peer Interventions in Medication and Clinical Visit Adherence
Mentor: Michael Mugavero, MD, Community Care Center
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