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We are pleased to report out on three internal research awards: The first round of Value and Efficiency Teaching and Research (VETAR) awards have recently been made, VCU has announced the 2019 Blick Scholars, and President Michael Rao has just announced the Presidential Research Quest (PeRQ) awards.
We are pleased to report out on three internal research awards:
Emanating from VCUHS Vision by Design, VETAR is a new funding source and methodology that supports academic activities in research. Each proposal was reviewed carefully by two experts and discussed at one of seven expert review panel meetings before the VETAR Executive Committee made final funding approvals. Our thanks to Dr. Michael Donnenberg and all the expert reviewers who served on the panels.
Although every proposal had merits, we received many more than could be funded. Join me in congratulating the following investigators who were selected to receive funding this year for their impressive research efforts:
Thank you to the review committees and to all who submitted proposals. We especially thank Huiping Zhou, Jack Grider, Bernard Fuemmeler, Fadi Salloum, Phil Hylemon, Mike Ryan, Gretchen Neigh and Devanand Sarkar for serving as chairs of the subcommittees.
The Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences has announced the 2019 Blick Scholars, three out of four of which reside in the School of Medicine. Congratulations to Drs. Alexis Edwards, Psychiatry; April Kimmel, Health Policy; and Mikhail Dozmorov, Biostatistics!
The Blick Scholar appointment comes with an annual award of approximately $25,000/year (based on market performance) from the George and Lavinia Blick Research Fund. Created with a generous $2 million bequest by Lavinia Blick, the fund was her gesture of gratitude for the care she and her family received at MCV and later at the VCU Medical Center. Her only stipulation was that the gift fund medical research on the MCV Campus.
Blick Scholars are chosen through a competitive nomination process. Selected scholars demonstrate documented growth toward achievement of national or international recognition, a developing record of external research funding, collaborative scholarship and a primary faculty appointment in one of the health sciences schools.
Finally, the Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ) awards were just announced, and five School of Medicine faculty members were among the recipients. These awards consist of up to $30,000 each in University funding plus matching funds, usually up to $20,000, from the school or college in which the principal investigator resides.
Collectively these awards represent an increased and broader commitment to the research careers of our faculty. They also demonstrate the high quality of science at VCU. When you next meet any of our research award recipients, please congratulate them. We look forward to hearing the results of their work in due course.
With all good wishes, [View Image]
Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System