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Release: Oct. 10, 2002

(Photo: Allyn Mark; click for high resolution photo)

UI's Mark Appointed To Lead National Medical Fellowship Program

Allyn L. Mark, M.D., interim executive dean and associate dean for research and graduate programs for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is the new national program leader for the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) Program. The appointment was effective beginning this academic year.

The Clinical Research Fellowship Program was established by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2000 to encourage medical students who have completed at least two years of school to pursue careers in clinical research. The program awards students stipends of $20,000 plus health insurance to spend one year working with physician-scientist mentors on clinical research projects.

In the past two years, a total of 10 medical schools, including the UI Carver College of Medicine, have been awarded foundation grants to establish programs at their institutions. Students from any U.S. medical school may apply for a fellowship at any of the participating schools.

As the national CRF program leader, Mark will head the office that serves as the national clearinghouse for program implementation, coordination and enrichment. In addition, Mark, who also is the Roy J. Carver Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine, will advise the fellowship program on policy issues. The program aims to reverse the decline in the number of young physician-scientists who pursue clinical research.

In addition to the UI Carver College of Medicine, medical schools that offer Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships are: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco Medical School, University of North Carolina Medical School, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Washington University Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine.

Peg Nopoulos, M.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry, serves as program leader of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program at the UI. For more information on the program offered at the UI Carver College of Medicine, visit: www.medicine.uiowa.edu/dorisduke/

For more information on the national Clinical Research Fellowship Program visit: http://ddcf.aibs.org/crf2000/index.asp.