Funded Scholars

The 2015 SYNERGY Scholars:

Sarah Akerman, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Project Title: Reward Responsiveness in Pregnant Cigarette Smokers with an Opioid Use Disorder
Mentor: Alan I. Green, MD, Raymond Sobel Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Mentor: Marlene B. Goldman, ScD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and of Community and Family Medicine; Director, Division of Clinical Research, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mentor: Mary F. Brunette, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Mentor: Sarah H. Heil, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont
Mentor: Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Mentor: Tor D. Tosteson, ScD, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI)

Chao Cheng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Project Title: Integration of Computational and Epidemiological Approaches for Drug Repositioning in Breast Cancer
Mentor: Michael Whitfield, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetics
Mentor: Tracy Onega, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Data Science and of Epidemiology

The 2014 SYNERGY Scholars:

Carrie H. Colla, PhD, Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI)
Project Title: Translation of Payment Incentives to Patient Care: A Focus on Accountable Care Organizations
Mentor: Jonathan S. Skinner, PhD, James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Economics and Professor of Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute
Mentor: Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, of Medicine, and of Community and Family Medicine
Mentor: Denise L. Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine

Elisabeth A. Erekson, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI)
Project Title: Urinary incontinence in older women: linking population-based data and Medicare claims data
Mentor: Julie P. W. Bynum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute and of Medicine
Mentor: Anna N. A. Tosteson, ScD, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute and of Medicine

Alex H. Gifford, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
Project Title: Can biomarkers of iron homeostasis be used to customize cystic fibrosis care?
Mentor: George A. O'Toole, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Mentor: Deborah A. Hogan, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Mentor: Alix Ashare, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Anesthesiology, Associate Director of the NH Cystic Fibrosis Center, and Associate Director of the DHMC Pulmonary Function Laboratory

Songbai Ji, DSc Assistant Professor at Thayer School of Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery
Project Title: Development of a radiation-free on-demand image-guidance system for spinal surgery
Mentor: Keith D. Paulsen, PhD, Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Thayer) and of Radiology (Geisel), Director of the Dartmouth Advanced Imaging Center, and Scientific Director of the DHMC Center for Surgical Innovation
Mentor: David W. Roberts, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Neurosurgery.

The Dartmouth SYNERGY Scholars Program is modeled on the NIH K12 Scholars Program. It combines didactic training, mentoring, exposure to multidisciplinary research, and ongoing evaluation to prepare junior investigators for careers in Clinical Translational Research. The SYNERGY Scholars award provides funds to cover 75% of the scholar's salary (up to the NIH cap) plus fringe benefits annually, plus up to $25,000 per year to cover travel, supplies, research assistant salary, and tuition expenses.

Previous SYNERGY Scholars Awards