The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded Andrew Beckwith, who is completing his second year at Jefferson Medical College (JMC), a Research Training Fellowship for Medical Students. This one-year award includes a stipend for Mr. Beckwith and non-salary support for Thomas Jefferson University.
The fellowship will enable Mr. Beckwith to take a year's leave of absence to perform basic science research at the Kimmel Cancer Institute under the direction of Laurence C. Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, JMC, and Jay L. Rothstein, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology, JMC.
"The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is one of the largest private medical research institutions in the world and is very selective in terms of where it directs its support," said Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, Dean of JMC. "This is a prestigious award that will greatly enhance the collaboration between Dr. Eisenlohr and Dr. Rothstein. We are very proud of Andrew, and the fellowship is an accolade for Jefferson as well."
Mr. Beckwith will analyze thyroid cancer and autoimmune responses. This may advance knowledge of the potential link between a gene that causes cancer and autoimmune disease. In turn, this could shed greater light on the mechanism causing autoimmunity and provide a different way to view these diseases.
Now in its tenth year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students program provides more than $1.5 million annually to about 65 fellows in a first or second year of full-time research.
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