A group photo of the 2018-2021 Irving Scholars

Irving Institute Announces 2018 Irving Scholars

November 8, 2018

Recognizing the critical importance of training young clinical investigators, Herbert and Florence Irving earmarked a major portion of the Irving Endowment for the Florence and Herbert Irving Clinical Research Career Awards, usually referred to as the Irving Scholars. The program is open to applicants from all clinical departments at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Scholars are selected on the basis of research proposals that reflect independent, well-developed scientific initiative in clinical investigation. These three-year awards provide substantial salary support allowing the Scholar more time for clinical investigation. 

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, together with Dean Lee Goldman, is pleased to announce the 2018-2021 Irving Scholars awardees:

Swarnali Acharyya, PhD
"Diagnosing & targeting cachexia to prolong patient survival"
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in the Institute for Cancer Genetics)

Guillermo Horga, MD, PhD
"Investigating the use of neuromelanin-sensitive MRI for risk staging of psychosis"
Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Kevin Kalinsky MD, MS
"Clinical trial of systems-biology directed therapy in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer"
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine

Max O'Donnell, MD, MPH
"A precision medicine approach to enhanced detection and genomic characterization of emerging respiratory pathogens in Uganda"
Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Elizabeth Oelsner, MD, MPH     
"E-Cigarette effects on sputum biology: identifying extent and susceptibility in healthy adults"
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine

Yvonne Saenger, MD
"Establishing a prognostic immune signature in early stage melanoma by measuring mRNA transcripts using the NanoString assay and quantitative multiplexed immuno-fluorescence"
Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine



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