Knittel and Thompson receive clinical scientist development grants

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $7.9 million in grants to 16 early career medical scientists, including two from the UNC School of Medicine – Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD and Peyton Thompson, MD.


The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced that the 16 early career medical scientists will receive a total of $7.9 million in 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Awards. Through the Clinical Scientist Development Awards, the foundation funds promising medical scientists whose projects have the potential to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease and enable their transition to independent research careers.

Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC, will lead a project titled “Justice Core: Implementing Evidence-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders through alternatives to perinatal incarceration”. Knittel is the medical director of incarcerated women’s health at UNC School of Medicine.

Peyton Thompson, MD, assistant professor of infectious diseases in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, will lead a project titled “Simplifying Hepatitis B Care in Pregnancy by Combining Birth Vaccine and Tenofovir: The Trial of COMBAT HBV feasibility”.

“We are thrilled to support this group of clinical scientist development fellows, whose research projects encompass very important questions, approaches and insights emerging from their interactions with patients and the healthcare system,” said Sindy Escobar. Alvarez, director of medical research at Doris Duke. Charitable organisation. “From improving understanding of disease mechanisms to informing knowledge about access to care, their contributions to the biomedical field are invaluable, and we look forward to following their important work.”

The 2022 winners, who will each receive grants of $495,000 over three years, come from a rigorous multi-stage peer review process and represent approximately 10% of the applicant pool. Their applications were evaluated on the significance, originality and research approach of the scientific proposals, as well as the research environment.

Learn more in the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation press room.

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