Recipients of 2018 Research Recognition Awards honored

The annual Research Recognition Awards honoring Penn State College of Medicine faculty were presented May 22, 2018, 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.

“We are so pleased to recognize some of the most notable research accomplishments of our faculty, who are dedicated to enhancing health through discovery,” said Dr. Leslie Parent, Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. “We are proud of the impact their work is having here in central Pennsylvania and around the world. The original research conducted at the Penn State College of Medicine advances medical progress and allows us to offer cutting-edge medical care.”

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.

Chandrika Gowda, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Chandrika Gowda is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Gowda received one of two 2018 Distinguished Early Stage Investigator Awards, which she is holding.

Dr. Chandrika Gowda, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent. Gowda is one of two recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Early Stage Investigator Award.

Steven Hicks, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. Steven Hicks is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Hicks received one of two 2018 Distinguished Early Stage Investigator Awards, which he is holding.

Dr. Steven Hicks, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent. Hicks is one of two recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Early Stage Investigator Award.

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.

Penn State Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Jonathan Foulds, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Joshua Muscat, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences

John Richie, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Reema Goel, PhD
Research Associate, Public Health Sciences

Teresa Kern, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Ryan Elias, PhD
Associate Professor, Food Science

Roger Anderson, PhD
University of Virginia

Alyse Fazzi, PharmD
Pharmacy

Steven Branstetter, PhD
Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Health

Marianne Messersmith Hillemeier, PhD, MPH
Professor, Health Policy and Administration
Professor, Public Health Sciences
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jiangang “Jason” Liao, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Junjia Zhu, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Runze Li, PhD
Professor, Statistics
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Susan McHale, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine

Ahmad Hameed, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Erika Saunders, MD
Professor and Chair, Psychiatry

Excellence in Education Research Award

This award recognizes scholarly inquiry and investigation related to education, educational processes and dissemination and practical application of research results.

Britta Thompson, MS, PhD
Professor, Medicine

Dr. Britta Thompson is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Thompson received the 2018 Excellence in Education Research Award, which she is holding.

Dr. Britta Thompson, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent after the presentation of Thompson’s 2018 Excellence in Education Research Award.

Outstanding Research Publication

This award recognizes a groundbreaking research publication highlighting originality and impact that has contributed to the advancement of research.

Andrew Foy, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Comparative effectiveness of diagnostic testing strategies in emergency department patients with chest pain: An analysis of downstream testing, interventions and outcomes
Andrew J. Foy, Guodong Liu, William R. Davidson, Christopher Sciamanna, Douglas L. Leslie
JAMA Internal Medicine, March 2015

Dr. Andrew Foy is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Foy received one of two 2018 Outstanding Research Publication Awards, which he is holding.

Dr. Andrew Foy, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent. Foy is one of two recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Research Publication Award.

Steven Schiff, MD, PhD
Brush Chair Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
Professor, Neurosurgery

Endoscopic Treatment versus Shunting for Infant Hydrocephalus in Uganda
Abhaya V. Kulkarni, Steven J. Schiff, Edith Mbabazi-Kabachelor, John Mugamba, Peter Ssenyonga, Ruth Donnelly, Jody Levenbach, Vishal Monga, Mallory Peterson, Michael MacDonald, Venkateswararao Cherukuri, Benjamin C. Warf
New England Journal of Medicine, December 2017

Dr. Steven Schiff is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Schiff received one of two 2018 Outstanding Research Publication Awards, which he is holding.

Dr. Steven Schiff, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent. Schiff is one of two recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Research Publication Award.

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.

Ian Zagon, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Ian Zagon is pictured standing with Dr. Leslie Parent after Zagon received the 2018 Career Research Excellence Award, which he is holding.

Dr. Ian Zagon, right, is seen with Dr. Leslie Parent after the presentation of Zagon’s 2018 Career Research Excellence Award.

May 22, 2018 Penn State College of Medicine News

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