Tremoulet Named a Harold Amos Scholar

Adriana Tremoulet, MD

Adriana Tremoulet, MD, assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been selected as a 2010–2014 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar. Among thousands nationwide, 11 Harold Amos scholars were chosen this year based on their academic achievement, their commitment to academic research careers and their potential to achieve senior rank in academic medicine.

Tremoulet was selected for her work in studying biomarker panels for the diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease, a childhood illness that leads to serious heart disease, and prediction of treatment response in “at risk” populations. She will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support her research activities.

“We are pleased to welcome 11 new scholars to this longstanding and highly successful program. More than 80 percent of our alumni remain in academic medicine, many as internationally-recognized authorities in their fields,” said James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D., national program director for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.

About the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program:

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® selects new scholars who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Each scholar will study and conduct research in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center noted for the training of young faculty and for pursuing lines of investigation that are of interest to the scholar. Scholars are expected to spend at least 70 percent of their time in research activities.

About Kawasaki disease:

Kawasaki Disease is not a rare illness but it is most prevalent in Japan. In San Diego County, 20 to 30 children per 100,000 children less than 5 years of age are affected each year. More than 50 new patients are treated annually at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego. The illness is four to five times more common than some more publicly recognized diseases of children such as tuberculosis or bacterial meningitis.

If untreated, KD can lead to lethal coronary artery aneurysms. KD tends to run in families, suggesting that there are genetic components to disease risk. It is also 10 to 20 times more common in Japanese and Japanese American children than in children of European descent.

WRITTEN BY: Shivani Singh, Sr. Writer, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego