Highlights from the 2017 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
We had a wonderful time at the Joint Meeting at the end of April. For those of you who attended, thank you for contributing to the convivial atmosphere. For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope you will be able to attend next year’s meeting, April 20-22, 2018, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
As you know, the Joint Meeting is an annual gathering of colleagues and friends, providing an opportunity to reunite, engage in stimulating conversation, learn about cutting-edge research, and share ideas and experiences. Here are some highlights from this year’s meeting:
Dr. Vivian Cheung reminds us in her presidential address to enable and inspire burgeoning physician-scientists. In asking us to shed “imagination fatigue,” take concerted action together, and encourage excellence in the physician-scientist community, Dr. Cheung mapped out the steps we can take to reverse the decline of the physician-scientist career path in the United States. Her presidential address will appear in a future issue of the JCI.
Dr. Ben Ebert and Ms. Susan Korsmeyer present Dr. James E. Crowe Jr. with the 2017 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award in recognition for his research leading to the development of innovative technologies for the isolation and study of antiviral antibodies and for significantly advancing the fields of virology and immunology. This annual Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of ASCI members in advancing knowledge in a specific field and in mentoring future generations of life science researchers. Learn more about the Korsmeyer Award.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron and Nancy Harrington and Dr. Cheung with Drs. Drucker, Habener, and Holst, joint recipients of the 2017 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine for their discovery of incretin hormones and for the translation of these findings into transformative therapies for major metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Learn more about the Harrington Prize, including the 2018 call for nominations.
Dr. Donald Seldin shakes hands with Dr. Omar Abdel-Wahab, recipient of the 2017 Donald Seldin~Holly Smith Award for Pioneering Research for his work on the discovery and functional characterization of genetic abnormalities in common and rare forms of hematologic malignancies. This award helps to foster the careers of promising young physician-scientists. Learn more about the Seldin~Smith Award.
Members of the American Physician-Scientists Association (APSA) present their research during a busy lunch poster session.
Recipients of the 2017 Joint Meeting Best Poster Awards: Ali Alawieh, Medical University of South Carolina; Joshua Alinger, Washington University; Matthew Emmett, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; David Kosoff, University of Wisconsin; Songjun Li, Boston University School of Medicine; and Yedda Li, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
APSA members show off their signs for the March for Science, which took place April 22 in Chicago as part of a global show of support for science.
Medical fellows discuss science over food provided by renowned chefs Floyd Cardoz, Ravin Patel, and Ross Mendoza at the ASCI’s 2017 Food & Science Evening on April 22.
At the Food & Science Evening, the ASCI recognized the 39 Young Physician-Scientist Award recipients in a special poster session. Three recipients were selected for Best Poster Awards: Drs. Kelley Yan, Columbia University Medical Center; Olujimi Ajijola, University of California, Los Angeles; and Jens Lohr, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. Young Physician-Scientist Awards recognize young physician-scientists who are supported by significant career-development awards, are early in their first faculty appointment, and have made notable achievements in their research. Read the full list of 2017 Awardees.
A group of exuberant medical fellows enjoy networking at the meeting. The Medical Fellows Initiative recognizes young medical fellows who have dedicated a year of their academic training to scientific research. These fellows attend the Joint Meeting, present their work, and participate in a series of mentor workshops and activities.
Finally, we thank those generous individuals who took time at the meeting to donate to ASCI programming to support young physician-scientists. If you’d like to join them in supporting our efforts, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our donations page.