October 17, 2008
An evening recognizing academic excellence and diversity

More than 100 guests attended a special event Oct. 1 in the Wang Center for Ambulatory Care with a unique joint purpose – to honor the 2008 Minority Faculty Development Award (MFDA) recipients and welcome to the hospital new residents and Harvard Medical School students who historically have been underrepresented in medicine (URM). The reception was hosted by the Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) and MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

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MFDA RECIPIENTS: From left, Carr, Addo and Sellas

Slavin opened the evening by welcoming attendees and congratulating this year's MFDA recipients for their noteworthy achievements. This year's MFDA winners are Monique Sellas, MD, of Emergency Medicine, who received the Clinician-Teacher Award for her project, "Developing an Academic Career in the Underdeveloped Field of Clinicial Forensic Medicine;" and Marylyn Addo, MD, PhD, and William Carr, DVM, PhD, both of the Infectious Disease Unit, who both received the Physician-Scientist Award. Addo's project highlights "The role of T cell regulation in the control of HIV-1 infection," and Carr's examines "The innate immune mechanisms in the prevention of HIV-1 transmission: the role of natural killer cells in HIV-1 pathogenisis." In addition to the awards ceremony, posters of the projects funded by the awards were on display at the event. The poster exhibit will be on display again during the MAO Gala Celebration in February.

"We are delighted to welcome our newcomers and honor the faculty talent that we have here at the MGH," says Elena Olson, JD, executive director of the MAO. "The MAO established the MFDA four years ago to increase opportunities for URM faculty to advance to senior positions in academic medicine and leadership at the MGH. To date, we have awarded a total of 16 Physician-Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards and have committed more than $2 million in funding. In only four short years, these awards have contributed to academic promotions, an increase in research funding, peer reviewed publications, novel education and community programs, and advancements in administrative leadership positions. We thank Dr. Slavin and the other sponsors of the MFDA – the MGPO and the Executive Committee on Research – for their commitment to advancing our URM faculty."

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