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Dr. Sarah Commander Receives Awards from DCRI and the Thrasher Research Fund

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Dr. Sarah Commander

Dr. Sarah Commander, General Surgery Resident, has received the Executive Director’s Fellowship Award from the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and the Early Career Award from the Thrasher Research Fund.

The DCRI Executive Director’s Fellowship Award is given to a DCRI fellow to support the individual’s fellow-initiated research project through supplemental funding. The Early Career Award from the Thrasher Research Fund is a national grant given to a resident in any discipline working on projects focusing on pediatrics.

These awards will support Dr. Commander’s research project titled “Perioperative Tissue Penetration of Antimicrobials in Infants.”

“Receiving these awards is a great honor. They will allow me to start a peri-operative trial to characterize the pharmacokinetics of metronidazole in both the plasma and intestine of children undergoing intestinal surgery,” says Dr. Commander. “I am very grateful to both organizations for their support and hope to ultimately contribute to the literature and FDA drug labeling for safe administration of antibiotics for children in both the peri-operative period and in diseased states, such as necrotizing enterocolitis.”