UQ Ochsner Clinical School Announces Nine Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

NEW ORLEANS – The University of Queensland (UQ) Ochsner Clinical School announces nine postdoctoral research fellowships. These fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to continue to remain engaged in clinical, translational and health services research while they await the start for their residency program.

At Ochsner, postdoctoral research fellows work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading clinicians and clinician-scientists. They are engaged in research in multiple disciplines including oncology, neurosciences, transplantation/immunology, cardiovascular sciences, reproductive sciences, infectious diseases and health services.

“We strongly believe that research is crucial not just for the advancement of new medical treatments, but in the important role it plays in Ochsner’s educational programs and the way we develop the next generation of physicians,” said Jawed Alam, PhD, MBA, Interim Vice President of Research, Ochsner Health System.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

  • Josh Hanna, MD - Retrospective Comparative Study Series to Evaluate Cost Utility, Effectiveness and Fusion Rates Between Autograft and Allograft in Spine Fusion Surgery
  • Pravitha Jayapratap, MD - Emerging Role of Non-coding RNAs in Thincap Fibroatheroma and Atherosclerotic Plaque Vulnerability: Implications for Stroke
  • Erica Jones, MD - Obesity Management in Primary Care within Ochsner Health System
  • James Morong, MD - The Effect of Insurance Accommodation on Maternal Outcomes in Louisiana, USA
  • Tulsi Shah, MD - A Closer Look at Multidrug Resistant Organisms in the Liver Transplant Population: Colonization Rates and Possible Interventions

Oncology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

  • Lauren Arthur, MD - Is there a correlation between increased tumor size and the Biological Aggressiveness in Lymph Node-negative Breast Cancer?
  • Hilary Keller, MD - Screening for Tumor Antigens in Melanoma Patients Treated with Molecular Targeted Inhibitors and Immunotherapy
  • John Kucharczyk, MD - Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Beyond the Third line: A Single Institution Experience
  • Ryan Sullivan, MD - The Emerging Roles of Extracellular Vesicles Delivered by Lymph Node Stromal Cells in the Pathogenesis of Human Colorectal Cancer

The UQ Ochsner Clinical School, established in 2008, offers students the unique opportunity to be part of a truly global medical school experience. The UQ Ochsner Clinical School is a partnership with the University of Queensland in Australia where students spend their first two years of study on the Brisbane campus, followed by the year third and fourth years of clinical education in Ochsner Health System hospitals and clinics. Through this program, students from the United States can experience the benefits of both a world-class university and a world-class healthcare organization.

The UQ Ochsner Clinical School program continues to grow. Currently, 236 students are enrolled in the first two years of the program in Australia. In New Orleans, there are 120 students in their third year and 95 in their fourth year. For more information, visit education.ochsner.org.

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Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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