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UAB: Three Doctoral Students Receive 2020 Predoctoral Fellowships From the AHA

Three University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health doctoral students in the Department of Epidemiology received predoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association (AHA), which began January 2020. The AHA predoctoral fellowship program seeks “to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.” AHA predoctoral fellowships provide support for student tuition, stipends, and travel to scientific conferences, among other resources.

Ms. Najibah Galadanci will explore cardiopulmonary abnormalities in children with sickle cell disease. The aims of the fellowship are to quantify how sickle cell disease impacts cardiopulmonary function in children and determine when dysfunction first manifests.

Ms. Gargya Malla will investigate how the risk of heart failure varies by race, sex, and geographic location among persons with diabetes.

Ms. Amrita Mukherjee will use UAB’s electronic medical record to study the cardiovascular disease risk of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients.

Dr. Paul Erwin, dean of the School of Public Health shared, “the School of Public Health is committed to developing the next generation of scientists and research methodologists. We are extremely proud to have three AHA predoctoral fellows for 2020, and deeply appreciative of the mentorship they are receiving from faculty. Please join us in celebrating this achievement.”

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