2 from Medicine receive 2018 Strong Start Awards

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Two Department of Medicine faculty members have been selected to receive 2018 Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” awards.

The School of Medicine created the awards program in 2016, funded with a gift from the Duke Endowment, to support promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs.  Each recipient will receive $70,000 annually for three years to support their research programs. Five awards were funded this cycle.

The recipients from Medicine are Gentzon Hall, MD, medical instructor of medicine (Nephrology), and Grace Lee, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Hematology). View the full list of awardees.

Four 2017 Strong Start Award recipients from the Department of Medicine will receive a second year of funding. Learn more.

“The career path for physician-scientists can be very challenging, requiring years of both clinical and scientific training,” said Andrew Alspaugh, MD, professor of medicine (Infectious Diseases) and molecular genetics and microbiology, and director of the Strong Start awards program. “The goal of this awards program is to provide mentoring and financial resources to support these young faculty members as they become fully independent investigators.”

“The School of Medicine is committed to creating programs like the Strong Start Program to provide support and resources for our faculty so they are able to achieve at the highest level,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “Congratulations to these outstanding recipients. Well-deserved!”

The program is designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists including the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows).

The next call for submissions will be in spring 2019.