July 3, 2013 – Congratulations to UC San Diego students Janet Lee and Ashkuan Shaterian, for winning this year's CTRI fourth-year medical student awards! This award, designed to recognize students with outstanding potential for future contribution to translational research, is typically awarded to one fourth-year medical student per year. Students are nominated by their research mentors. Due to a particularly impressive field of nominees this year, both Janet and Ashkuan were honored. Each student received a $250 cash prize at a recent ceremony.
Janet worked with Kang Zhang, M.D., at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute. Janet took one year off of her medical school work to conduct research at Shiley. She contributed to all aspects of several clinical trials, from study design to patient care to data analysis. Research topics addressed in these clinical trials ranged from the safety and efficacy of medication for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), to outcomes related to early diagnosis of AMD, to genetic susceptibilities contributing to certain conditions. Janet has several publications as a result of her work, and has presented nationally. According to Dr. Zhang, "I have no doubt that her work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the pathophysiology and management of a variety of vision-impairing conditions."
Ashkuan worked with Brian Eliceiri in the Department of Surgery for six years. During that time, Ash has made significant contribution to his field. He earned two research grants and published six manuscripts, three of them as first author. One of these manuscripts was presented on the cover of an academic journal. Ash has also presented at six research conferences. Like Janet, Ash also took one year off of his medical school training to pursue research training. Ash participated in the NIH Clinical Research Training Program, and obtained a master's degree (MAS) in Clinical Research from UCSD. He has earned the full confidence of his mentor, who observes that Ash "has demonstrated his commitment and contributed to scientific discovery in the biomedical sciences."
Please join us in recognizing these two exceptional students who will comprise the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.