Dr. Michelle Long, Boston University School of Public Health alum and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, has received a three-year, $495,000 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The award provides grants to early-career physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. Dr. Long, a gastroenterologist at Boston Medical Center, was one of 16 funded investigators out of 210 applicants to receive the award in July.
“I was thrilled to find out I received the award this past spring, especially since I knew this was the last year I would be eligible to apply,” says Dr. Long. “I am humbled to have this great opportunity to continue my research.”
Dr. Long will use her award to continue her research on hepatic fibrosis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD affects nearly 40 percent of Americans and represents a spectrum of liver disease that occurs in the absence of excessive alcohol use, including an accumulation of fat in the liver (hepatic steatosis) and a progression of excess scar tissue (hepatic fibrosis).
“During my residency in 2009, NAFLD was just beginning to be widely recognized as an important cause of chronic liver disease,” says Dr. Long. “I was excited about the many unanswered questions in the field, and fortunate to have early mentors who were very encouraging and supportive.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25