Our goal is to produce physician-scientists who will make major contributions to the understanding and improvement of human health. The program, drawing from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW-Madison Graduate School, works to ensure that students take full advantage of the remarkable resources and opportunities present at UW-Madison for both medical education and graduate research training. Our program is funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, MSTP T32 GM008692.

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In the news

Where people live can affect their brains, UW study says


The study showed that participants from the most highly disadvantaged neighborhoods had smaller hippocampal areas (4% lower) compared to participants in more advantaged neighborhoods.

Ryan Denu named STAT Wunderkind


Ryan Denu's discovery of a genetic mutation linking breast cancer to a rare genetic condition led to his recognition as a STAT Wunderkind — one of only 22 to receive the honor nationally.

Scientists to study heart treatment in pigs


Tim Kamp and Amish Raval received a federal grant to test two related treatments on pigs after heart attacks.

Moving beyond hype: Could one-two treatment restore damaged heart muscle?


Tim Kamp, professor of medicine, hopes that a combination of two cutting-edge approaches would use a fabric-like material to prevent “wash-out” and successfully implant cardiomyocytes to damaged hearts.

Patient Preferred Physicians name Sanjeev Jain “Patient Preferred Immunologist of the Year” for California


Jain, who completed his MD and PhD at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, received the recognition for nearly three decades of experience in his specialty.

Four things to know before you start clinical rotations


Michael J. Rigby explains why getting to know patients on a more personal level may help students remember material during shelf exams.

Investigation into fungal infection reveals genetic vulnerability in Hmong


A new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Caitlin Pepperell and Bruce Klein has identified a specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong people that renders them more susceptible to the disease-causing fungus.

Researchers probe cell division defects to gain insight into cancer


Mark Burkard and UW Carbone Cancer Center colleagues are leading efforts to better understand chromosome segregation and its contributions to disease.

Local women, researchers changing face of metastatic research


Inspired by patients who have lived up to 40 years after their initial diagnosis, Associate Director Mark Burkard's research is aimed at developing strategies to help women with metastatic breast cancer survive longer.

Zachary Morris receives 2019 Shaw Scientist Awards


Morris, an assistant professor of human oncology and faculty trainer in the cancer biology and cellular and molecular pathology graduate programs, received $200,000 in seed funding to support his research and career development.

2019 graduates come full circle as health sciences programs celebrate commencement


UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank highlighted Andy Voter's success during her graduation speech for PhD, medical degree and honorary degree candidates.

OncLive presents State of the Science Summit on breast cancer


Mark Burkard, MSTP associate director, was a presenter at the conference, which features medical experts from across the nation discussing cancer treatment options.

A new way to wind the development clock of cardiac muscle cells


MD-PhD student Mitch Biermann is the lead author on a study seeking to speed up the process of converting skin cells to induced pluripotent stem cells using an FDA-approved compound called polyinosine-polycytidylic acid, or pIC, a double-stranded RNA molecule that activates a cell’s innate defense system.

Wisconsin a leader in cutting-edge Alzheimer's research


In the wake of $3 million in new federal funding, MSTP student Nick Vogt visited Green Bay to share the latest research on the disease.

MRI effective for monitoring liver fat in obese patients


The study was co-authored by B. Dustin Pooler, MD, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Acting the part: professionalism do’s and don’ts during clinicals


UW Medical Scientist Training Program student Michael Rigby chimes in on best practices during clinicals.

TB traced and compared to early human migration


A team from UW worked with researchers from the University of Iowa and the Norwegian Institute of Public health to perform genetic studies of tuberculosis and compare its transmission with early human migration.

Inflammation study wins NIH grant


David Beebe and longtime collaborator Anna Huttenlocher, director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, are set to explore links between chronic inflammation and a host of conditions and diseases.

Highlights from the National MD-PhD Program Outcomes study


The AAMC's recent National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study highlights results of a comprehensive research project that tracks the careers of most combined degree MD-PhD program graduates over the past 50 years.

MSTP Director Anna Huttenlocher discusses how she works


MSTP Director Dr. Anna Huttenlocher is the first interviewee for the 2018 article series “How Cell Biologists Work” from the The American Society for Cell Biology.

Learn about Angela Gibson's inspiring path to a physician-scientist career


2009 MSTP graduate Angela Gibson and current faculty in the Department of Surgery had an unconventional path to the physician-scientist career. Her story was documented in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Congratulations to MSTP student Amelia Haj


Haj, a second-year graduate student, is one of 14 medical students chosen for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a two-week program in Germany and Poland examining the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe to reflect on medical ethics today.

MSTP associate director leads study of 'extreme survivors' of metastatic breast cancer


Peg Geisler's story inspired UW Carbone Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Mark Burkard, who now is hunting the world for other survivors like her.

MSTP creates new medical school course in clinical and translational research


The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of how to conduct clinical research through an apprenticeship-style learning experience with a physician-scientist mentor.

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