biomarkers to better detect and diagnose human papillomavirus (HPV)
among college-age and other female groups is the research interest of
gynecologist Jennifer L. Young, M.D.
An assistant professor in
the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology, Young will have a chance to conduct this research as
the first recipient of the John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship.
Jennifer Young, left, Dr. John Raymond and Lucia A. Pirisi-Creek
celebrate at the June 30 fellowship reception.
The award was established
by members of MUSC's Women Scholars Initiative (WSI) and university
leadership to create financial support for a qualified full-time female
faculty members to initiate a collaborative mentor relationship with
colleagues outside of the institution.
This dedicated research
time also will allow Young to collaborate with research mentor Lucia A.
Pirisi-Creek, M.D., a professor at the University of South Carolina's
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.
The fellowship also honors
John R. Raymond, M.D., former MUSC Provost and vice president of
academic affairs from 2003 to 2010. Raymond is the current president
and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Throughout
his tenure at MUSC, Raymond was a tireless advocate who was committed
to faculty development and was instrumental in establishing the Women
Young said she was
overwhelmed when she was notified that she was selected among dozens of
applicants for this inaugural fellowship. "It's affirmation from my
colleagues and others in the research community that people believe in
me and my research efforts."
The award provides Young
with a two-year GYN fellowship funding. She said she'll look forward to
working with Pirisi-Creek who has previously trained and mentored 23
post-doctoral researchers, sits on the board of directors for the
International HIV Papillomavirius Society and has written more than 60
published papers on this topic.
"I'm excited about this collaboration and my role as a mentor. I'm
hoping our work will help expand the research outlook for the future,"
Fellowship namesake, John
R. Raymond, M.D., said that he has been pleased to see the progress of
MUSC's Women Scholar's Initiative since helping to establish it in
2003. The group represents a visible sign of achievement and highlights
conducted by the group. "I'm honored to be associated with this group
and the many efforts and commitments gained."
Mary Mauldin, Ed.D.,
director for the Center for Academic Research and Computing, chaired a
JRR mentoring fellowship advisory committee tasked from July 2010 to
March to select the first fellowship recipient.
Applicants were reviewed based on a number of criteria and said that
Young's application rose above others sharing a clear and concise goal.
For information on the JRR
Mentoring Fellowship and WSI, visit http://www.musc.edu under Women's