April Recognitions

Stanford Medicine professors were awarded grants to study vaccines, CAR-T cell therapies and evolution and were honored for teaching, public policy promotion, cardiology research and advancing biomedical science. The Office of Communications also received several awards for writing and video productions.

  • Nitish Badhwar, MBBS

    Badhwar, a professor of medicine and director of the electrophysiology fellowship training program, has been awarded the 2024 Distinguished Teacher Award by the American College of Cardiology. Badhwar’s novel training techniques have been integrated into educational programs worldwide, and he has trained a cadre of clinicians who have pursued successful careers, some of them on the faculty of high-level institutions around the world.

  • Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

    The professor of health policy has been awarded the 2024 Bradley Foundation Award, which includes a $250,000 stipend. The foundation selected Bhattacharya for his work as a “visionary who stands for the integrity of scientific debate and the promotion of sound public policy.” Bhattacharya will donate the stipend for the award to the UK charity Collateral Global, which supports research on the lingering collateral harms of the COVID-19 lockdown on children, the poor and other vulnerable populations.

  • Krista Conger, Bruce Goldman, Mark Hanlon, Kris Newby

    Stanford Medicine’s Office of Communications received a series of awards from the American Academy of Medical Colleges. Among these was the best in show for “The Spice Sellers’ Secret” by Kris Newby. The Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards recognized Bruce Goldman’s “The Mind-Mucus Connection” with a silver in basic science staff writing and Krista Conger’s “What’s the deali-O with new weight loss drugs?” earned gold in general staff writing. Bruce Goldman also received gold in news releases for his report, “Stanford Medicine scientists pinpoint COVID-19 virus’s entry and exit ports inside our noses.” The Shoestring Award was given to “Getting to Know You: Pass the TINY Mic.” Stanford Medicine magazine earned bronze in the external audience category. Other awards included silver for special events, projects, programs or campaigns for the Unconventional Paths Scope series and a silver in electronic communications (audio and video) for “Handle with Care.” The academy also recognized “Cultivating Connections: Internal-first Approach to Enhance What Makes Us Uniquely Stanford,” “Homeless Health Care” by Mark Hanlon and “Stanford Medicine: Ask Me Anything” as honorable mentions in 2024.

  • Anusha Kalbasi, MD

    The associate professor of radiation oncology is part of a team awarded a $10.2 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The team, which includes investigators from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, will use the grant to conduct a phase 1 clinical trial investigating CAR T-cells to treat patients whose tumors express a protein called IL13Ra2.

  • Robert Malenka, MD, PhD

    The Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences has won the 2024 Steven C. Beering Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Malenka is being recognized for the "field-changing implications his work has had — and will continue to have — in biomedical sciences." The award, which includes a $25,000 prize, honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical or clinical science.

  • Florentine Rutaganira, PhD

    The assistant professor of biochemistry and developmental biology has received a grant from the Hypothesis Fund. The Hypothesis Fund advances scientific knowledge by supporting early stage, innovative research that increases our adaptability against systemic risks to the health of people and the planet. Rutaganira will receive a grant of $104,000 to understand what early multicellular life might teach us about the evolution of cancer.

  • Sulaiman Somani, MD

    Sulaiman, the upcoming chief resident in internal medicine, has won the prestigious Young Investigator Award in Outcomes Research from the American College of Cardiology for his study, “Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Analysis of Coronary Artery Calcium-Related Topics on Social Media” under the mentorship of Fatima Rodriguez, MD, and Tina Hernandez-Boussard, PhD. The Young Investigator Award recognizes early-stage investigators in their research journey currently in residency or fellowship programs or who are no more than three years out of training.

  • PJ Utz, MD

    The professor of immunology and rheumatology has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study molecular mechanisms for new COVID vaccines in patients with lupus and scleroderma. The grant will be funded over five years and will involve enrolling patients into trials and characterizing safety, efficacy and molecular correlates of responses.

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