March 21, 2008

Fellow’s gastroenterology research lauded

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Michael Rosen, M.D.

Fellow’s gastroenterology research lauded

Michael Rosen, M.D., a clinical fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, was recently awarded a Clinical Research Award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).

The $35,000 award was designated for use in Rosen's project entitled, “The Role of Il-13 and NKT Cells in New-Onset Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis.”

“The approaches [Rosen] is taking are groundbreaking,” said Brent Polk, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and the Vanderbilt Digestive Diseases Research Center. “They may tell us important pieces of information needed to identify the best prevention and treatment practices to pursue in the future.”

The ACG was founded in 1932 and supports clinical gastroenterology research and faculty development awards each year. The ACG's goal is to “foster clinical breakthroughs in gastroenterology by supporting research that promises to improve patient care and strengthen practitioners' capabilities.”

Award recipients are selected based on feasibility, scientific and clinical significance, originality and anticipated contribution of the research to clinical practice.

“This American College of Gastroenterology award recognizes the amazing work that Michael is doing to understand what the immune cells are doing in the colon of children at the time they develop ulcerative colitis,” Polk said.

Rosen graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2003. In 2007, Rosen was named the first recipient of the Thomas A. Hazinski, M.D., Scholarship by the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program.