Duke Surgery Presents Clarence Gardner, MD Award to Three Collaborative Research Teams

By Scott Behm, Department of Surgery

The Clarence Gardner, M.D. Award, presented annually by Duke Surgery, seeks to stimulate, invigorate, support and catalyze new research initiatives. Funding is provided for collaborative pilot studies between Surgical Sciences faculty and at least one faculty in another Surgery division. The goal of the award is to support novel research projects generating preliminary data, projects that often go on to receive other extramural funding in the future. 

The latest request for proposals yielded 10 applications, 3 of which were selected by peer review for funding. Duke Surgery is pleased to announce the three projects chosen to receive the Clarence Gardner Award. Each group is awarded up to $40,000 to cover direct costs, which can be renewed for one year.

The recipients are:  

Proposal: A Novel Tissue-Engineered Lymphovascular Invasion Model of Breast Cancer Dissemination

Proposal: Apolipoprotein E Variants Predict Stroke During Left Ventricular Assist Device Support

Proposal: A Flexible and Intersectional Genetics Approach for Ablating Tumor Cells with High-Fidelity

Please join Duke Surgery in extending congratulations to these faculty on this achievement! Thank you to all applicants who submitted proposals.