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From the Chair - October 2013

Department of Medicine

Welcome to our second Department of Medicine newsletter.  We have received great feedback thus far. In this issue we are pleased to announce the second class of Department of Medicine Rising Stars, share the details of our diversity research program (DREAM) and offer a faculty profile of Hugo Rosen, MD, our chief of gastroenterology and hepatology.

I also want to share a few thoughts about our new Department of Medicine Research Bridging Program. As scientists, we face challenging times.  Funding sources are being reduced by sequestration, fewer funds are available and the environment is more competitive. Our young and promising investigators, as well as those more established, while receiving competitive scores on applications are, all too often, not being funded. To help meet these challenges, the Department has created a new program patterned after an extremely successful program in the School of Medicine.  The objective is to preserve the ability of our faculty to continue to develop their research by providing support so they can continue to acquire data while submitting their extramural applications. We are partnering with the School of Medicine and our divisions to be able to offer this opportunity.
The Research Bridging Program is competitive, and may offer up to $75,000 for one year from funds provided by the divisions and the department. Prior application to the SOM Research Bridging Program is required; however, funding from the DOM Research Bridging Program is not contingent on SOM funding. And you can be funded from both sources; however, the SOM funding would have to precede the DOM funding. We believe this program which will be offered twice annually offers our investigators the support they need until the funding climate improves. Applications for the next cycle of funding are due February 1, 2014.  For more information go to
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David W. Schwartz, MD