Awards and Presentations

Gender Equity Award

Margot Damaser, PhD, BME, has been awarded The American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award for pre-clinical faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Damaser was selected entirely by the senior graduating medical student body as one who exemplifies the principle of gender equality and who promotes a gender-fair environment for the education and training of physicians.

Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award

Stan Hazen, MD, PhD, Lerner Research Institute Vice Chair of Translational Research, was recently honored with an inaugural Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from an organization comprised of the nation's most prestigious and acclaimed academic medical centers and other groups, in recognition of Dr. Hazen’s Nature article, “Gut flora dependent metabolism of dietary phosphatidylcholine contributes to cardiovascular disease.”

The Clinical Research Forum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing national leadership in clinical research, is comprised of the nation's most prestigious and acclaimed academic medical centers, professional organizations, and industry whose goal is to sustain and expand a cadre of talented, well-trained clinical investigators at all stages of career development, and support nurturing environments and comprehensive research capabilities within academic institutions. The mission of the Forum is to provide leadership to the national clinical and translational research enterprise and promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and healthcare.

The research team, which included Zeneng Wang, PhD, lead author of the paper and a junior faculty member of Dr Hazen’s research group, discovered a link between gut flora – an individual's intestinal microbes – and heart disease risk. Preliminary studies have shown gut flora impacts development of heart disease in both animal models and in humans.

Dr. Hazen and the other award-winning researchers were honored recently during the Clinical Research Forum annual meeting and awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

We are honored to receive this award," said Dr. Hazen. "We are delighted to have discovered a new pathway that may eventually help us improve patient care - each and every recipient of the Clinical Research Achievement Award shares this goal."

Dr. Hazen’s next step in the research will both further expand on the understanding of how gut flora metabolism is linked to cardiovascular disease, as well as develop new therapeutic interventions aimed at interrupting this pathway.

2011 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

Jonathan E. Sears, MD, Ophthalmology, with a secondary appointment in Cell Biology, and faculty member of the Lerner College of Medicine of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, was among 12 individuals across the country selected to receive a 2011 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. These awards provide funding to support early-stage, innovative biomedical research to advance children’s health. Dr. Sears’ research focus is Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a blindness that can affect severely premature infants as a side effect of the high oxygenation that is required to keep them alive. The award’s $300K over three years will be used to investigate molecular factors that may protect the retina and stabilize oxygen-regulated gene products. For more information, see http://thedaily.case.edu/news/?p=6861.