Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Madison, Wisconsin, and New York - Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will receive a 2015 Clinical Scientist Development Award of $486,000 over three years from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Shelef’s research focuses on the genetic and immunological basis of rheumatoid arthritis, with a long-term goal of finding new ways to detect and monitor disease as well as developing new treatments.
The Clinical Scientist Development Award provides generous funding for early-career physician-scientists.
“This funding will allow me to build upon a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to move my rheumatoid arthritis research program into a new, more translational direction,” Shelef said.
“These funds support a large clinical study, which will evaluate how genetic variations affect an individual's immune cell function and risk for developing inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. By better understanding the mechanism by which certain genes lead to autoimmune disease, strides can be made in developing novel biomarkers and treatments.”
“The dual demands of seeing patients and conducting research make the transition to independence especially challenging for early-career physician-scientists. This is why supporting talented, young investigators remains a priority for the Medical Research Program,” said Betsy Myers, program director for medical research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.
The foundation’s Medical Research Program supports clinical research that advances the translation of biomedical discoveries into new preventions, diagnoses and treatments for human diseases.
About the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine
The UW Department of Medicine advances the health of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through high-quality, patient-centered care, innovative research and education of the next generation of physicians. As the largest department in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Department of Medicine includes over 375 faculty members and 700 advanced practice clinicians, researchers, trainees and staff.
With emphasis on professionalism and patient-centeredness, department members are devoted to leadership and innovation. Our activities span 12 clinical areas, educational programs for every stage of medical careers and a wide range of basic, translational, clinical, and population health research. We work together to heal, discover and train.
Date Published: 07/10/2015