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Graduates of the Clinical Scientist Training Program

2009 Graduates

Maria De La Luz Nieto, MD, Certificate in Clinical Research

Program Mentor: Steven Albert, PhD, MSPH, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.


Project Title: Cognitive Status and Physical Function in Older African Americans.

Deborah Kowalchuk, MD, MS

Program Mentor: James Irrgang, PhD, PT, Director of Clinical Research in Orthopaedic Surgery.


Project Titles:

  • Prediction of Patient-Reported Outcome After Single-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.
  • The Cost-Effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Evaluation and Management of Meniscal Tears: A Decision Analysis.

Meredith Parrott, MD, Certificate in Clinical Research

Program Mentors: James M. Roberts, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences, and Epidemiology and Senior Scientist and Founding Director of Magee-Womens Research Institute; and Lisa M. Bodnar, PhD, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology.

Project Titles:

  • The Effects of Reduced Amino Acid Availability on Placental Amino Acid Uptake and Leptin Induction in normal, Preeclamptic, and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) Pregnancies.
  • Maternal Cereal Consumption and Adequacy of Micronutrient Intake in the Periconceptional Period.

Laura Raducha-Grace (Thompson), MD, MS

Program Mentor: C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Research, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology.

Project Title: The Knee Pain Map.



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