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ASP announces 2010 T. Franklin Williams Scholars

The Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) has announced the ninth class of T. Franklin Williams Scholars. Seven new investigators will join 75 previous T. Franklin Williams Scholars in working to achieve the program's goal of increasing the capacity of internal medicine subspecialists to care for the aging population.

T. Franklin Williams Scholars receive two- to four-year career development awards funded by generous grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., the John A. Hartford Foundation, and 11 internal medicine specialty society partners. The research funded by these awards will advance what is known about the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis, clinical outcomes of patients with chronic kidney disease, rhinosinusitis, and palliative concerns of frail older adults.

T. Franklin Williams, MD, for whom the program is named, said, "It is indeed an honor and much satisfaction for me to be associated with this program, which addresses the important mission of identifying and addressing the challenges of our aging population. I congratulate the promising scholars being supported, and I look forward to their and our futures."

The ninth class of T. Franklin Williams Scholars and their focus areas are:

Kellie H. Campbell, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Referral Patterns and Associated Clinical Outcomes for Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
ASP-American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging Award

Jessica Chia, MD
Duke University School of Medicine
Role of Aging and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Fibrosis
ASP-CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians Geriatric Development Research Award

Seong Cho, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Age-Related Differences in Inflammatory Mechanisms of Chronic Rhinosinusitis
ASP-American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Geriatrics Development Initiative Junior Faculty Development Award

Vera Luther, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Critical Physician Decision Factors Influencing Appropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing in the Hospitalized Elderly
ASP-Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award in Geriatrics

Una Makris, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Epidemiology of Restricting Back Pain in Older Adults
American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation-ASP Junior Career Development Award in Geriatric Medicine

Alexander K. Smith, MD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Palliative Concerns of Frail Elders from Diverse Communities
Society of General Internal Medicine-Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine-ASP T. Franklin Williams Scholars Award in Geriatrics

Michael E. Widlansky, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Effect of a Combined Pedometer/Computerized Feedback Intervention on Vascular and Left Ventricle Function in Older Adults
ASP-American Heart Association Career Development Award in Geriatric Cardiology


Contact: Erika D. Tarver
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

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