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Dr. Tamorah Lewis Awarded a RWJF Grant to Support her Neonatal Precision Therapeutics Research

Congratulations to Tamorah Lewis MD, PhD, for recently being awarded the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians, dentists, and nurse-scientists. The program opened its doors in 1983 to its first cohort of eight physicians. Thirty-three years and 280 alumni later, program graduates are full professors, chairs of departments, leaders of Institutes within the National Institutes of Health, and individuals nationally and internationally known for their valuable contributions to biomedical research, health services research, and clinical investigation.

With the four-year grant awarded to Dr. Lewis, she will be afforded the protected time and resources needed to establish herself as a clinician researcher at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The grant will support her research program investigating the effects of age and genetics on exposure and clinical response to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in premature infants. With mentorship in both the Divisions of Neonatology and Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Innovation at CMH, and the Annual Harold Amos Scholars retreat, Dr Lewis will progress in her career development as a clinical and translational researcher in neonatal and perinatal pharmacology.

Support for this research was provided <in part> by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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