Friday, June 22, 2012

Claflin award winners selected

CAREER CHAMPION: Top row, from left: Eikermann-Haerter, Fazeli, Lo, Barczak and Sequist. Bottom row: Cotman and Claflin

Juggling the demands of a career and motherhood can be extremely challenging, but for six MGH researchers, life just got a little easier thanks to the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award.

Named after Honorary Trustee Jane Claflin, who for years has championed women in academic medicine at the MGH, the awards provide two years of funding to outstanding junior faculty members to help them sustain research productivity during child-rearing years. The 2012 honorees are: Amy Barczak, MD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases; Susan Cotman, PhD, of the Center for Human Genetic Research; Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, MD, of the Radiology Department; Pouneh Fazeli, MD, of the Neuroendocrine Unit; Janet Lo, MD, MPH, of the Neuroendocrine Unit; and Lecia Sequist, MD, MPH, of the MGH Cancer Center.

"This award is wonderful," said Nancy Rigotti, MD, director of the Office for Women's Careers, during the June 14 awards ceremony in the Thier Conference Room. "We'd like to thank Jane Claflin who had a vision to create this unique program knowing that women didn't have to make a choice between career advancement and motherhood. Thank you Jane for everything you have done for women at MGH."

During the luncheon celebration, Cotman presented an overview of her research, "Investigation of KCTD7 in Neuronal Ceroidlipofuscinosis," and Eikermann-Haerter presented "Acute Stroke Evolution and Outcome in Migraineurs." "It is a big honor for me to receive this award," said Eikermann-Haerter. "It will allow me to take my results from bench to bedside."

The Claflin awards program is sponsored by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) and supported by the Office for Women's Careers. "The MGH is an extraordinary place where new frontiers are explored, so I'm not surprised that it is the place where this program emerged," said Nancy Risser, director of ECOR. "We hope the Claflin awards allow you to compose your lives in the way that is most productive to you. We are proud to be a part of it."

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