June 15, 2007

Rosen named first Hazinski Scholar

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Michael Rosen, M.D.

Rosen named first Hazinski Scholar

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program has named Michael Rosen, M.D., a clinical fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, the first recipient of the Thomas A. Hazinski, M.D., Scholarship.

Hazinski, who died in January 2006, co-founded the MSCI program in 2000 and was actively involved in the curriculum.

“Tom was a wonderful mentor to many students, residents, fellows and faculty throughout the Vanderbilt campus,” said Rick Barr, M.D., associate director of the MSCI program. “The development of scholarships to support MSCI students was a goal of his, along with MSCI co-founder Dr. Nancy Brown and present director, Dr. Alp Ikizler. It was fitting that this new scholarship was named in recognition and memory of his efforts.”

The Hazinski Scholarship was developed with the goal of providing tuition support to promising individuals who have dedicated themselves to patient-oriented research and applied to the MSCI Program. Award criteria include a dedication to patient-oriented research, excellence in research and outstanding mentorship and environment.

As part of his application to enter the MSCI program, Rosen wrote a proposal for research he plans to pursue regarding ulcerative colitis in children. Specifically, Rosen said, he wants to look at interleukin 13 (IL-13) and natural killer T cells and their roles in the process of inflammation in the bowel.

“This is a tremendous honor and I hope to live up to it by ambitiously pursuing my education in patient-oriented research and striving for results which will advance the field of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease,” Rosen said.

“I am certain that the education I receive from the MSCI program will be instrumental in pursuing my goal of becoming a clinician scientist and improving the lives of children through advances in research.”