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Fellow returns for another go-round at her research

Dr. Sarah Kranick has returned to the Clinical Center to continue work she started six years ago as a fel- low in the Clinical Research Training Program.

While enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia, Kranick spent a year—from 2003 to 2004—with Dr. Mark Hallett, chief of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Medical Neurol- ogy Branch, Human Motor Control Section. After graduating and completing her neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Kranick returned to Hallett’s laboratory for a move- ment disorders fellowship—doing work similar to the protocol she helped write as a Clinical Research Training Program fellow studying movement in schizophrenics with passivity phenomenon.

These studies use electroencephalography to look for potential electrical changes in the brain leading up to and during abnormal movements. “The goal is to understand what causes the brain to translate stress into movement, in the case of psychogenic movement disorders, and to identify targets for treatment,” said Kranick.

She has great interest in psychogenic movement disorders and spoke on how often such conditions are misdiagnosed or dismissed due to the busy pace of clinical practice. The research environ- ment of NIH allows patients to develop a more trust- ing relationship with their physicians, which allows them to open up more, Kranick said. Dr. Sarah Kranick returned to the Clinical Center after finishing medical school and her residency. She originally worked in NINDS as a 2003-2004 CRTP fellow.

The caring and imaginative staff pulled her back to NIH, too. “The people here are just happy. They seem empowered to try new things and to ask ques- tions,” she said.

While her interest in the research field and affec- tion for NIH have not faltered since medical school, other things are different, Kranick said. “It’s funny to be back now because my life here has changed— now I’m in the suburbs, married with a 15-month- old daughter.”

Investigators greet research fellows at reception

The Clinical Center welcomed a new crop of clinical fellows at a reception July 8 after a day of orientation. Dr. Constantine Stratakis (left)—acting scientific director, head of the Program on Developmen- tal Endocrinology and Genetics, and director of the Training Program on Pediatric Endocrinology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development—and Dr. Richard G. Wyatt, deputy director of the NIH Office of Intramural Research, mingled with new fellows Dr. Fariha Kamran (right) and Dr. Alison Boyce. Both are starting a clinical fellowship in pediatric endocrinology with NICHD. Kamran graduated from King Edward Medical College in Pakistan and did her residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Boyce graduated and completed her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

CRTP welcomes 13th class of fellows

The NIH Clinical Research Training Program welcomed 30 medical students representing 18 different schools for its 2009-2010 academ- ic class in July. The 12-month educational experience, now in its 13th year, provides creative, research-oriented medical students hand-on experience in clinical and translational research. The students, who are taking time away from medical school for a year of academic enrich- ment, work with NIH clinical and translational research investigators who serve as mentors. In addition to conducting and collaborating in active research projects, the fellows attend clinical rounds, courses and seminars, and present their research findings to the NIH commu- nity and at various conferences.

Since the program began in 1997, 280 students representing 79 schools have participated. This year’s participants were selected from an extremely competitive pool of 118 applicants, which is a record. Since 1998 the training program has been supported jointly by the NIH and the Foundation for NIH through grants from Pfizer Inc as part of the company’s commitment to public-private partnerships. In 2004, the program was expanded to accept 30 students a year thanks to support through the NIH Roadmap as part of its Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise initiative.

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