Friday, May 8, 2009

In General awards and honors

Tracey Lafferty, NP, and Michelle Knowles, NP, of the MGH Cancer Center's Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers, have been selected as recipients of the 2009 Yvonne Munn Award for Nursing Research. Recipients are mentored by an MGH doctoral nurse who helps the nurses develop research skills. Their study, “The Impact of Epidermal Growth Factor Inhibitor-Related Rash on Quality of Life for Cancer Patients,” will begin next year. The award will be presented May 6 at 1:30 pm in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

Three MGH surgeons have won awards from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). William Kitchens, MD, a third-year resident in the Department of Surgery, has won the Roche Laboratories Scientist Scholarship, which supports full-time basicand translational research in the laboratory of an ASTS member. Parsia Vagefi, MD, a fifth-year resident in the Department of Surgery, has been awarded the Novartis Fellowship in Transplantation, which supports training in the clinical aspects of transplant surgery, as well as involvement in related clinical, translationaland/or laboratory research. Reza Saidi, MD, a fellow in transplant surgery in the Department of Surgery, has won the Vanguard Prize, an award designed to identify the best clinical and basic research manuscripts from young investigators in the previous year. The awards will be presented in Boston at the 2009 American Transplant Congress later this month.

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