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Current projects available for students

1) Howard Hughes Medical Institute Programs:

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical Students at U.S. Schools In order to
encourage more medical students to pursue academic and research careers, the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding "year-out" and
summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the
U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to
apply.Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and
veterinary students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year
conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any
school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the
NIH in Bethesda, MD. HHMI will award 66 fellowships in 2013.For more information please click here.

For 1st Year Students:

HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program will support up to 20 students working in HHMI laboratories (with HHMI investigators, early career scientists or at the Janelia Farm Research Campus), for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks (10 weeks preferred). click here.

2) AOA research funding:

AOA research funding: 
What is it?
Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8-10 weeks, 30+ hours per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1-2 years for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support.  One candidate from the school will be nominated.
The awards: $5000- one half paid on announcement of the awards, and one-half on approval by AOA of a final report of the research. Up to $1000 will be reimbursed for travel to present research results at a national meeting.
Eligibility:  First, second, and third year students (PhDs and candidates for PhD or MD/PhD are not eligible)
Dates for application: Proposals must be submitted to Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards (the councilor) before December 31, 2012.

Application to the councilor:

A three-page summary of the research project in 12-point type with 1-inch margins, as follows: title, hypothesis, rationale, background information, methods and sample size, plan for data analysis, and potential significance. Details of your role in preparation and execution of the project must be provided, along with an estimate of the number of weeks that you will devote to the project.

  1. Your CV and bibliography, current address, telephone number, email, and year of graduation.
  2. A letter of support from the faculty supervisor that indicates his or her commitment of time and interest to you and the project. 
  3. The mentor’s biographical sketch (3-4 pages). Do not send the mentor’s complete CV.
  4. Completed application form with checklists (see attached document). 2013 Research Fellowship (Word Doc)

If selected, your proposal will be sent for review to the national office. We encourage everyone eligible and interested to apply!

Please do not hesitate to email me ( or Dr. Gandour-Edwards ( with any questions. 

3) Research Opportunity in Basic and Translational Neuroscience/Stem Cell Research

The focus of the laboratory of Dr. Wenbin Deng has been on investigating (1) pluripotent stem cells and their differentiation towards neural lineages for regenerative medicine; and (2) molecular mechanisms of neuronal and glial cell death, with an emphasis on excitotoxic, oxidative and inflammatory forms of injury to the nervous system. We are working on novel methods of cellular reprogramming, stem cell derivation and differentiation, disease-specific cells from induced pluripotent stem cells to model human diseases and find new therapeutics. We are seeking individuals who are interested in reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells, characterizing cell lineages and precursor populations and identifying factors that influence growth/expansion of neural/glial lineage cells, developing genetic/chemical platforms to reprogram cells and to control cell differentiation and to achieve directed differentiation of stem cells. Trainees will be given opportunities to independently design and execute incisive experiments and interpret results, and to author papers in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in areas of relevance to the research. The candidates should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a strong passion and commitment to science, and will also work closely with the Principal Investigator to help supervise and train students and assistants and to ensure smooth functioning of an active research laboratory. Interested individuals are welcome to email Dr. Wenbin Deng at

4) American Federation For Aging Research - New grant opportunity for medical students

About the Program:
The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established in order to attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research. The program is designed to give students enrolled in M.D., Ph.D., or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. Up to ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2013. To learn more about the program, please visit: .

Application Deadline:
January 15, 2013.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  or 212-703-9977.

5) The Seed Grant Research Program

The Seed Grant Research Program provides one-year grants of up to $2,500 to medical students, residents and fellows to help them conduct basic science or clinical research projects. Grants will be awarded for research projects on Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Pancreatic Cancer. Applications are due by December 5 and are available at .

6) The Joan F. Giambalvo Scholarship Research Grant Program

The Joan F. Giambalvo Scholarship Research Grant Program provides one-year grants of up to $10,000 to medical students, residents, fellows and physicians to investigate issues that will advance the progress of women in the medical profession and address the needs of women physicians and medical students. Applications are due by February 25 and will be available at .

7) Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Project Title: :
Chronic Anemia Post Gastric Bypass Surgey: Mimicking Myelodysplatic Syndrome: More than just Iron and Copper Deficiency

Primary Investigator:
Mingyi, Chen, M.D., Ph.D./Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Resident/Medical Student Opportunity for participation:
Collecting and analyzing the clinical data.

Please refer to the announcement below for more information:
Research Project List (pdf)

8) USP Summer Internship Program

We are pleased to inform you about USP's internship opportunity for students interested in public health or USP's standard-setting activities. The USP Summer Internship Program offers students of chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and related science disciplines the fulfilling opportunity to spend 12 weeks at USP working on a defined project that expands and enhances USP's core strategic initiatives. Please see below for a program overview and visit the USP website to apply and for more details:

Duration: 12 weeks, 37.5 hour work week

Location: U.S. Pharmacopeia Headquarters (Rockville, MD) >

Dates: May 20, 2013-August 9, 2013

Compensation: Participants receive an hourly rate for each hour worked. Interns are responsible for travel, housing, and living expenses.

Application Deadline: March 4, 2013

The program provides interns with the opportunity to

  • enhance appreciation and understanding of USP's activities in standards-setting, core compendial activities, and global public health
  • advance scientific and/or practice knowledge
  • contribute to USP's research and standards knowledge base in a tangible way

Eligibility and Requirements
Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors and graduate students majoring in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or pharmacy are eligible. In addition, graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences are also eligible. You must have completed basic chemistry courses, including quantitative chemical analysis. International students must possess the appropriate visa. Applicants must exhibit self-motivation and independent work habits, excellent oral and written communication skills, computer competence, and ability to apply their education and experience.

Please contact USP staff member OnaLee Dougherty< if you have any further questions.


9) 2013 American Brain Tumor Association (A.B.T.A.) Research Funding Opportunities

The A.B.T.A. is Accepting Applications for the Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program for Summer 2013
Please note an important change to the 2013 American Brain Tumor Association (A.B.TA.) Research Funding Program’s Application Process. The process of applying for the 2013 A.B.T.A. Medical Student Summer Fellowship has transitioned to a web-based grant application portal. Applications for A.B.T.A. awards must be completed online at

Application Deadline: The submission deadline, including all supporting documents and letters, is Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3pm EST/ 2pm CST/ 12pm PST.  

The Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 stipend grants to current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors. The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. To access the 2013 A.B.T.A. Medical Student Summer Fellowship Application Guide, click here.
Information about the sponsor's role and the administration of the award can be found here.

Answers to commonly asked questions about ABTA awards are available here: The 2013 FAQ. If you have any other questions, e-mail us at

American Brain Tumor Association
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 866-659-1030
Fax: 773-577-8738


10) Iron Deficiency PILOT Project

Iron Deficiency in Childhood after being weaned form Formula Feeds

Why this study is being advocated:
Iron is necessary for neurocognitive development in childhood as well as for hemoglobin in red blood cells. The source of iron is dietary.  Iron deficiency anemia is the last manifestation of iron deficiency.  By the time the child is diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia the body has been deprived of adequate iron for neurocognitive development.  The AAP has recommended routine hemoglobin check at 1 year well-child visit.  This is an excellent recommendation because although infants are supposed to be on infant formulas having adequate recommended iron dosage, many families switch to cow's milk earlier than first birthday.  This can easily lead to iron deficiency, and can be detected and the one year well-child check.  However a substantial percentage of infants continue the infant formula until at least one year of age, and plan switched to cow's milk in their second year of life.  So they will have adequate hemoglobin at the one year well-child check and if they were to develop iron deficiency after the switch, it will not be detected unless the toddler is symptomatic.

 We pediatric hematologists get a substantial number of referrals for “anemia” in second year of a child’s life. Also notable is the fact that there have been admissions to the PHO service where the toddlers are admitted either from ER or from an outside PMD’s office for anemia   severe enough to require PRBC transfusion for symptomatic anemia. On further workup most of the times it turns out to be iron deficiency anemia.  Hardly any of these patients are malnourished for a significant number of them consume in ordinate amount of cow’s milk.  There is parental misconception that milk in any form is good for children, and lack of understanding that after one year of age solid foods should be the main source of nutrition for children.  Many a parent continues to offer same amount of milk that was consumed by the child in his infancy.  This poses a double-edged threat to the child.  Large amount of milk consumption induces satiety so that the child is not interested in solid food.  Cow's milk itself is known to cause microscopic loss of blood by irritating the GI tract.

  1. Name
  2. Age/DOB
  3. Sex
  4. Ethnicity (needed for cultural practice)
  5. Diet during 1st year of life – type of formula/breast milk exclusively or supplemented/when were solids started
  6. Hgb @ 1 year WCC, MCV and Retic count, Iron studies (if possible)
  7. Diet during second year. ??Picky eater/pica/amount of milk and type of milk consumed/parental awareness about iron deficiency &/or diet
  8. Hgb @ 18 months and at 24 months. MCV. Retic count. Iron studies. If anemic and iron deficient, heme-occult stool x 3.
  9. Growth chart percentiles for height and weight.
  10. Intervention – iron salt (Ferrous sulphate vs. Ferrous Gluconate)

 For more information, please contact Anjali Pawar, M.D. at: