Congratulations to Meg Gardener and J. Heath Pelham, who have been selected as the 2014 Cunningham Memorial Research Program recipients.  Meg Gardener will be working in Hematology/Oncology with Dr. Kimberly Whelan to study the Incidence of EKG Abnormalities in Asymptomatic Childhood Cancer Survivors Attending a Long-term Follow-up Clinic.  J. Heath Pelham will be working in Endocrinology with Dr. Ambika Ashraf to study the Analysis of Dyslipidemia in Children with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

The Cunningham program was established by Dr. Sergio Stagno, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, to honor the memory of Dr. Russell Cunningham, a long time member of the Department of Pediatrics and strong advocate for medical student education.  The program is designed to introduce students to pediatrics and pediatric research. UASOM medical students completing their first year, with an interest in Pediatrics apply for this eight week summer internship and research program.  The two competitively selected students work with a mentor in the Department of Pediatrics responsible for helping the student design a summer research program and for providing the student an opportunity to attend a variety of Pediatric Clinics and/or hospital rounds and conferences.  An award of $3200.00 is given to the successful candidates.