The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Duke University $1.4 million over four years to train physician-scientists to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs). 

The Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 was awarded to a team of Duke University School of Medicine faculty led by Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, chair and professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics) and ophthalmology and director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.

Michael Dee Gunn, MD, and Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, lead the Department of Medicine’s Research Development Council (RDC), a group dedicated to supporting investigators in the early phase of grant writing. Dr. Gunn supports basic investigators; Dr. Whitson supports clinical investigators. 

Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics) and ophthalmology, will serve as the next director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Whitson will succeed Harvey Cohen, MD, the Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine and chair emeritus of the Department of Medicine.

Registration is open for the School of Medicine's Clinical Research Day from 4-7:30 p.m. on May 17 in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

Geriatrician Heather Whitson studies connections between multiple chronic conditions that many elderly people live with at once. Her research exploring links between vision loss and cognitive decline has altered practices in low-vision clinics. Her studies probing possible biological links between age-related disorders of eye and brain formerly considered unrelated, hold broad clinical promise.

Fourteen faculty from the Department of Medicine were chosen as Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. This inaugural program was created with a transfer of funds from the Duke University Health System. Its aim is to support the research efforts and enhance the academic success of early to mid-career clinician-scientists in School of Medicine clinical departments.

The School of Medicine Office for Faculty Development announced the inaugural participants in its ALICE program, a new leadership development opportunity for mid-career women faculty.

Department of Medicine faculty had a number of accepted proposals for the Duke School of Medicine's


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