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Surgery Resident Research Grant Available

The UCSF T32 Training Grant (FAVOR), "Filling a Void of Research Training for Transplant Surgeons," led by Professor Peter Stock, MD, PhD and Professor Minnie Sarwal, MD, PhD, will provide two years of funding for surgery residents seeking a rich didactic experience in transplant surgery with extensive hands-on training.  

The program leverages the world-class transplant surgery program at UCSF, a high volume tertiary referral center for the region with excellent post-transplant outcomes. The FAVOR T32 program will focus on preparing surgical trainees for translationally-focused research careers, utilizing state-of-the art-tools for the study of allo- and heterologous immune mechanisms relevant to solid organ transplant injury and acceptance.

Trainees will receive in-depth training in translational research to prepare them for careers as academic transplant surgeons. FAVOR trainees will devote ≥ 90% time effort to research for 2 years, guided by two mentors of their choice selected from a Core Faculty Member list, the first a clinical mentor and the second a scientific mentor (basic or translational). The FAVOR T32 program will enable  surgical residents who have been accepted in the program to develop their research careers in the dual bench to bedside model for translational research. For more information, please visit http://t32transplantsurgery.ucsf.edu/ Deadline to apply for the 2017-19 program is February 15th, 2017.

Funded Research Training Opportunity for Surgery Residents

Center: Johns Hopkins Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation (ERGOT)

Grant: NIH T32 Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Grant

Eligibility: surgery resident, US citizen, with 3 years of time between junior and senior residency to spend on research training

Requirements: interest in kidney transplantation, willingness to pursue PhD and 3 years of training

Timeline: there will be at least one spot starting July 1 of every year, including 2015 (please contact us ASAP if interested in 2015)

Contact: Dorry Segev, MD, PhD

ESRD Study

Dear Colleague,

A group of nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and clinical researchers at the University of Chicago in collaboration with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are trying to understand why some former living donors develop ESRD. To that end, we are trying to locate former living kidney donors who have developed ESRD. There are at least 320 such individuals.  We want to collect health history and to obtain a blood sample for genetic testing.

HOW TO HELP: If you have treated or know of a former living donor now in ESRD, please contact us and we will give you more information about the study and how to help us recruit your patient(s). Even if the patient is deceased, we still want  some basic demographic information for our study so please contact us. 

You can reach Dr. Lainie Ross by email: Lross@uchicago.edu or by phone 773-702-6323. You can also contact the research assistant, Michael Poulson by email:  mpoulson@uchicago.edu or by phone at 773-834-7545.  We will send you more information and discuss the study in more detail.

Sincerely yours,

Lainie Ross
On behalf of the ESKD in Living Kidney Donors Study Group at the University of Chicago

Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery

J. Richard Thistlethwaite Jr, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Transplantation

Yolanda T. Becker, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

Michelle A. Josephson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology
Medical Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation

Nicole Stankus, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology
Medical Director, DaVita Stony Island Dialysis Center

Milda Saunders, MD, MPH
Living Donor Advocate, University of Chicago Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine and MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics