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2017 Research Recognition Awards honor College of Medicine faculty

The annual Research Recognition Awards honoring Penn State College of Medicine faculty were presented May 9, 2017, in conjunction with the Dean’s Spring Lecture.

Started in 2014, the awards honor the outstanding research achievements of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center investigators who have distinguished themselves in several areas of research.

The culmination of the event is the announcement of the Career Research Excellence Award, honoring an individual who has dedicated their career to enhancing the research mission through education, mentorship and collaborative efforts to further advance science.

This year’s recipients were:

Distinguished Early Stage Investigator

This award recognizes the work of an assistant professor within five years of appointment to Penn State, demonstrating significant growth and impact in one or more subject areas.

Jed Gonzalo, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Public Health Sciences; Associate Dean, Health Systems Education

Patricia Silveyra, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Outstanding Research Mentor

This award recognizes outstanding research mentoring. It is intended to be a cumulative award for consistently successful research mentoring that yields publications, funded training or research proposals and career advancement of predoctoral or postdoctoral trainees or junior faculty.

Kent Vrana, PhD
Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair, Pharmacology

Outstanding Collaborative Research

This award recognizes the research efforts of a group of investigators that transcend the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines to further the research mission.

PaTH to Health: Diabetes Study

Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences

Lan Kong, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Public Health Sciences

Erik Lehman, MS
Biostatistician/Scientific Coordinator, Public Health Sciences

Matt Bolton, MPA
Business Intelligence Analyst, Penn State Health

Angel Evans
Patient Co-Investigator and Staff Nurse, Penn State Health

Julie Tice
Patient Co-Investigator, PaTH CDRN

Jennifer Poger, MEd
Engagement Coordinator, Penn State PRO Wellness

Erica Francis, MS
Senior Project Manager, Penn State PRO Wellness

Brianna Hoglen
Project Coordinator, Penn State PRO Wellness

Abbey Kinard
Marketing Specialist, Penn State PRO Wellness

Ellie Hogentogler
Marketing Manager, Penn State PRO Wellness

Cindy Bryce, PhD
Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh

Hsin-Chieh “Jessica” Yeh, PhD
Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Career Citation Milestone Award

This award recognizes a career citation milestone of 500 or more citations for a primary article where the recipient was first or last author. Review and guideline articles are excluded. Awards are given for D (Roman numeral for 500) Club and M (Roman numeral for 1,000) Club.

Hong-Gang Wang, PhD (D Club)
Lois High Bestler Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology; Director, Pediatrics Molecular Oncology Program
“Ca2+ induced apoptosis through calcineurin dephosphorylation of BAD”
Science, April 1999 | 860 citations, Web of Science, April 1, 2017

Colin Barnstable, DPhil (M Club)
Chair, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
“Production of monocolonal antibodies to group A erythrocytes, HLA and other human call surface antigens – new tools for genetic analysis”
Cell, 1978 | 2,020 citations, Web of Science, April 1, 2017

Alexandros Vgontzas, MD (D Club)
Physician, Professor of Psychiatry
“Sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness and fatigue: relation to visceral obesity, insulin resistance, and hypercytokinemia”
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, March 2000 | 647 citations, Web of Science, April 1, 2017

Career Research Excellence Award

This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of an investigator who has dedicated his or her career to enhancing the research mission through education, mentorship and collaborative efforts to further advance science.

Lawrence Sinoway, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Director, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute; Director, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

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