The Welch Center’s Associate Faculty member Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at JH Bayview Medical Center has been named the recipient of the second annual Ernest Just Prize. The prize, which is jointly sponsored by the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina, has been established “to encourage, foster, and publicize the innovative research developments by American physicians and researchers whose work centers around health, environmental, genetic, historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors impacting African-American health, longevity, and quality of life and/or cutting-edge medical developments targeted towards treating and or eradicating chronic diseases disproportionately afflicting African Americans."
The prize is named for Ernest Everett Just, PhD (1883-1941), a pioneering African American biologist from Charleston, SC. Dr. Just graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, then began teaching at Howard University. In 1912 he was named head of the Department of Zoology, and retained that position until his death in 1941. In 1916 he received his PhD in experimental embryology from the University of Chicago. In order to secure more time to devote to research Dr. Just also spent several years conducting experiments in Europe. In 1915 he became the first recipient of the NAACP’s Springarn Medal.
Dr. Crew’s award was announced at the annual Ernest Just Scientific Symposium held on the Medical University of South Carolina campus in February. The review panel judged submitted research articles on the basis of “clarity of the research focus and evidence of its impact on African-American health and quality of life.” To qualify for the award, the research must fall into a medical, public health, or medical/physical anthropology research area and must be conducted at a US university, medical school, or hospital. The honor is accompanied by a cash prize, and in addition, Dr. Crews will give a lecture about her work at the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.
As Core Faculty member Dr. Ebony Boulware stated, Dr. Crews receipt of the Ernest Just Prize “is one more national validation of the importance of Deidra's innovative studies to improve the health of patients with CKD.”
Congratulations to Dr. Crews!