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Trainees Sozio and Shafi Awarded Nephrology Research Prizes

Welch Center trainees have won first and second place Young Investigator awards for presentations they made at the Mid-Atlantic National Kidney Foundation Fellows Research Forum on February 27, 2008. The competition, held in Linthicum, MD, included Nephrology fellows from across Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

First prize in the clinical science category went to Stephen Sozio, MD, a Nephrology Fellow and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Research Fellow in the JHU School of Medicine. Dr. Sozio’s presentation was entitled, “Statins Do Not Increase Stroke Risk in Patients Initiating Dialysis: the CHOICE Study.” Dr. Rulan Parekh, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and member of the Core Faculty of the Welch Center is Dr. Sozio’s mentor.

Tariq Shafi, MD, was awarded second prize in the clinical science category for his presentation entitled, “Thiazide-induced Diabetes is Mediated by Potassium Depletion: Results from the Systolic Hypertension in Elderly Program (SHEP).” Dr. Shafi is a Nephrology Fellow in the JHU School of Medicine and a MHS candidate in the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Shafi’s advisor is Dr. Lawrence Appel, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health, and member of the Core Faculty of the Welch Center.

Both trainees will present their studies again in the national competition at the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting in Dallas, Texas in April.


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