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Med students win coveted fellowship award

Peter Kurre, MD & Michael LayounFour of the six coveted summer 2011 OSLER TL1 fellowships have been awarded to medical students pursuing oncology projects.

The OSLER T1 fellowships are awarded by the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), and funded by NIH.

Michael Layoun, a first year medical student from Tigard, will use this fellowship to research acute myeloid leukemia with his project, “FLT3-ITD-containing microvesicles as an AML biomarker.” Peter Kurre, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, who sponsored Layoun’s application, will assist with the project.

“Mapping the Hypoxic/Ischemic Phosphoproteome in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Development” is first-year Brandon Dyer’s project. Dyer, who grew up in Bend, is working with primary mentor Wayne Zundel, Phd.

Brandon Dyer, Michael Ryan & Belinda LukMichael Ryan, a first-year medical student from Pine Plains, NY will pursue his project, “Drivers of Quality of Life Decreases in Head and Neck Radiotherapy Patients” with mentors Erik Fromme, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and John Holland, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Medicine.

First-year Belinda Luk of Seattle will work her her project, “Are you listening, Doc? – The Impact of Patient-Reported Symptom Summaries on Physician Management Practices and Patient Symptom Burden” with primary mentor Erik Fromme, MD.

Pictured: (top) Peter Kurre, MD & Michael Layoun (bottom) Brandon Dyer, Michael Ryan & Belinda Luk

Article contributed by Reed Coleman

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