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September 2011
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Congratulations to the 2011 Medical Scholars Program Recipients

The IDSA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) announces the 2011 recipients of the Medical Scholars Program awards, which are intended to encourage medical students to choose ID as a career path. The program offers scholarships to students in U.S. medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. IDSA members and fellows identify and solicit interested students. To learn more, please visit IDSA’s website.

2011 Medical Scholars Recipients and Mentors

Jonathan Abraham, Harvard University
Therapeutic Antibody for New World Hemorrhagic Fevers
Mentor: Stephen B. Calderwood, MD, FIDSA

Ali Ainsworth, University of Kansas
Mupirocin and Chlorhexidine Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus Before and After Patient Decolonization
Mentor: Stephanie A. Fritz, MD

Jonathan Andereck, Vanderbilt University
Prevalence and Intensity of Soil-Transmitted Heminth Infections Among Adults in Rural Kenya
Mentor: Sten H. Vermund, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Molly Anderson, New York University School of Medicine
Enhancing Innate Vaginal Defenses to Reduce the Risk of HIV+ Reproductive Tract Infection
Mentor: Sumathi Sivapalasingam, MD

Jennifer Blasé, St. Louis University
Trypanosoma cruzi Vaccine Development
Mentor: Daniel Hoft, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Karin Blecher, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The Therapeutic Promise of Nitric Oxide Releasing Nanoparticles in Superficial Skin Infections
Mentor: Joshua Nosanchuk, MD, FIDSA

Andrew Bouley, Duke University School of Medicine
Typhoid Fever Surveillance Program in Moshi, Tanzania
Mentor: John A. Crump, MD, FIDSA

Megan Burger, Baylor College of Medicine
Bacteriophage as an Adjunct to Bacterial Interference: A Study in the Prevention of Catheter-Associated UTI
Mentor: Barbara Trautner, MD, FIDSA

Elissa Butler, University of Minnesota
Neurologic Outcomes of Central Nervous System Infections in Kampala, Uganda
Mentor: David R. Boulware, MD, MPH

Charles Caffrey, St. Louis University
Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Treatment in Haiti
Mentor: Sharon E. Frey, MD, FIDSA

Kathy Jo Carstarphen, University of Alabama at Birmingham
HIV Education Effects on Knowledge and Sexual Practices
Mentor: David O. Freedman, MD, FIDSA

Nicholas Carter, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Evidence-Based Medicine at the Epicenter: A Retrospective Review of Inpatient Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Complicating Infections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Mentor: Timothy P. Flanigan, MD, FIDSA

Hannah Dundey, University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Randomized, Double-Blind Trial of Clindamycin, Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole, or Placebo for Uncomplicated Skin and Soft Tissue Infections caused by Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Mentor: Clarence B. Creech, II, MD, MPH

Sara Anne Fabiano, Wake Forest University
Factors Associated with Adverse Outcome in Children Admitted with Gastroenteritis
Mentor: Andrew Steenhoff, MD

Eric Foote, Emory University
Health Impact of Improved Cookstoves on Rural Kenyan Children
Mentor: James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA

Traci Fraser, Baylor College of Medicine
Acute Kidney Injury Associated with Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole
Mentor: Daniel M. Musher, MD, FIDSA

Timothy Gaulton, University of Pennsylvania
The Association Between Obesity and Hospital Mortality in Presumed Sepsis
Mentor: Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MS, FIDSA

Michael Gillette, Tulane School of Medicine
Malaria in Artibonite Valley, Haiti
Mentor: Margarita Silio, MD

Elena Gonzalez, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Pre-Transplant Vaccination Status of Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Candidates
Mentor: Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD

Katherine Gray, Duke University School of Medicine
PMTCT Performance and Resistance Patterns of HIV-Infected Infants in Tanzania
Mentor: John A. Crump, MD, FIDSA

Tara Hardiman, University of Maryland
Classifying the Structure of the Type IV Pilus in Clostridium difficile for Future Vaccine Development
Mentor: Michael S. Donnenberg, MD, FIDSA

Whitney Harrington, University of Washington
International and Pediatric Infectious Disease in Laos
Mentor: Wesley Van Voorhis, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Abhinav Kapur, University of Chicago
Cell Phone Social Network Structure of Indian Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
Mentor: John Schneider, MD

Andrew Karaba
Northwestern University, HVEM and Nectin-1 in Ocular HSV
Mentor: William J. Muller, MD, PhD

Natalia Khalaf, Baylor College of Medicine
Potential Foodborne Transmission of Clostridium difficile Infection in Local Hospitals
Mentor: Hoonma Koo, MD

Janine Knudsen, Harvard Medical School
Risk Factors for the Development of Drug-Resistant Cytomegalovirus Infection in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Retrospective Case-Control Study
Mentor: Ajit P. Limaye, MD, FIDSA

Brittney Jean Lemke, University of Minnesota
Control of Host Gene Expression by HIV
Mentor: Paul R. Bohjanen, MD

Eugene Lin, Baylor College of Medicine
Enterococcal Bacteriuria is Often Managed Inappropriately
Mentor: Barbara Trautner, MD, FIDSA

Hermioni Lokko, Harvard University
Study of Algorithms for Diagnosing Febrile Illness in a Malaria Endemic Region to Inform Diagnostic Tool Development
Mentor: Stephen B. Calderwood, MD, FIDSA

Dustin Long, University of California, San Francisco
Human Genetics of Herpes Simplex Meningoencephalitis
Mentor: Adam S. Lauring, MD

Kaysia Ludford, Yale University
Alcohol and Sexual Risk Behaviors in Peruvian MSM
Mentor: Frederick Altice, MD

Micah Manary, University of California, San Diego
Exploring Animal Models for Environmental Enteropathy
Mentor: Robert T. Schooley, MD, FIDSA

Benjamin Margolis, Yale University
Comparison of Latent TB Infection and Active TB Disease Prevalence Among Congregated HIV-Infected Inmates in an Open-Air and Closed Prison in Malaysia
Mentor: Frederick Altice, MD

Oren Mechanic, University of North Carolina
Comorbid Infections and Cancer
Mentor: Charles M. van der Horst, MD, FIDSA

Jason Melehani, University of North Carolina
NLRP3 Inflammasome Contributes to S. aureus Pathology
Mentor: Joseph A. Duncan, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Amir Mohareb, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Developing a Registry of Emergency Department Visits Made by Patients with HIV
Mentor: Charlotte A. Gaydos, PhD, FIDSA

Emma Mohr, University of Iowa
Tropical Medicine Training in Brazil
Mentor: Mary E. Wilson, MD, FIDSA

David Noyd, Oregon Health & Science University
Dengue Epidemiology in Valencia, Venezuela 2010
Mentor: Kevin Winthrop, MD

Lynda Nwabuobi, New York University School of Medicine
Postpartum Adherence and Outcomes among HIV-Infected Women Started on HAART during Pregnancy in a Resource-Limited Setting
Mentor: Richard A. Murphy, MD

Rachel Ochotny, University of Buffalo
Selection for Antimicrobial Assay and Toxicity of Medical Plants
Mentor: John K. Crane, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Evan Orenstein, Emory University
Cost-Effectiveness of Pneumococcal Vaccine Introduction in Mali
Mentor: Myron M. Levine, MD, FIDSA

Lauren Orenstein, Emory University
Cost-Effectiveness and Potential Impact of Maternal Influenza Immunization in Mali
Mentor: Myron M. Levine, MD, FIDSA

Christian Parobek, University of North Carolina
Discovering Balancing Selection in Plasmodium vivax
Mentor: Jonathan J. Juliano, MD

Anar Patel, University of Cincinnati
Knowledge and Attitudes of Women of Childbearing Age Regarding Maternal-Fetal Transmission of HIV in Mwanza, Tanzania
Mentor: Judith Feinberg, MD, FIDSA

Vishal Patel, University of South Florida
Development of Field Evaluation of a Universal-Sample Transportation-Optimized Platform (U-STOP) for Economic and Cold Chain-Free Transportation of Clinical Samples for Molecular and Immunological Diagnoses
Mentor: Sandra G. Gompf, MD, FIDSA

Bhavana Pendurthi, University of Miami
The Association Between 14 Novel Virulence Genes and Endocarditis
Mentor: Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD

Hannibal Person, Duke University School of Medicine
Regulation of Virulence in Uropathogenic E. coli
Mentor: Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD

Tracy Pham, University of Minnesota
Effectiveness of Screening and Decolonization of S. aureus in Surgery Outpatients
Mentor: Susan Kline, MD

Alexander Rabin, Emory University School of Medicine
Delays in Diagnosis of Pulmonary TB and the Effect of Severity of Disease and Clinical Outcomes in the Republic of Georgia
Mentor: Henry M. Blumberg, MD, FIDSA

Mansi Shah, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
STI Prevention in Incarcerated Females
Mentor: Tanya O. Rogo, MD, MPH

David Tehrani, University of California, Irvine
Adjudicating CDC and Claims-Based Criteria for Hospital-Associated Infections
Mentor: Susan S. Huang, MD, FIDSA

Carla Valenzuela, Vanderbilt University
The Role of HIV Stigma in Preventing Peruvians Living with HIV from Remaining in HIV Care at the Clinica Medica Cayetano Heredia
Mentor: Eduardo Gotuzzo, MD, FIDSA

Sarah Ventre, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Dengue Fever Clinics and Research Experience
Mentor: Timothy P. Endy, MD, PhD

Trang Vu, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
HCV Disease Management in HCV-HIV Coinfected IDU
Mentor: Mark Sulkowski, MD

Audrey Wallace, Duke University
Malignancy in HIV Positive Individuals
Mentor: William Saltzer, MD

Megan Ward, University of Tennessee
Markers of Endothelial Function and Oxidative Stress and Adipokines in HIV Infection
Mentor: Todd Hulgan, MD

Emily West, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in Youth with HIV
Mentor: Lisa Saiman, MD

Breanna Zarmbinski, University of Minnesota
Overuse of Antimicrobials for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
Mentor: Dimitri M. Drekonja, MD

Sarah Joy Zielsdorf, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Efficacy of Hand Hygiene Interventions Against Clostridium difficile Spores
Mentor: Dale N. Gerding, MD, FIDSA

Jonathan Zipursky, Dartmouth Medical School
Physician and Patient Attitudes Towards Fecal Biotherapy for Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection
Mentor: Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD
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