October 6, 2006

Student’s research leads to Andreasen Scholarship

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Mica Bergman

Student’s research leads to Andreasen Scholarship

In addition to the primary prize presented to Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D. the Vanderbilt Prize also establishes a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a promising M.D./Ph.D. candidate beginning her studies at Vanderbilt.

During opening remarks at last week's Discovery Lecture, Steven Gabbe, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, announced that Mica Bergman, an M.D./Ph.D. student, is the recipient of the “Andreasen Scholarship.”

Bergman, a third-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, recently began the research arm of her training in the lab of Pat Levitt, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

Bergman plans to study the regulation and roles of a protein called c-Met in the developing brain and to analyze the effects of an autism-associated variant of c-Met recently identified by the Levitt lab.

As a condition of the award, Andreasen will serve on Bergman's thesis committee and provide continued guidance during her training.