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MSTP student wins prestigious biomedical research award Honor puts this future physician-scientist in very good company David Hartmann took the top prize in the Lasker Essay Contest for writing about a social media campaign that would allow patients to describe how biomedical research improved their lives.
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In addition to the three main awards it bestows to established biomedical researchers, the Lasker Foundation created the Lasker Essay Contest in to engage young scientists in discussions about the role biomedical research plays in society today.
This year, the foundation posed a timely question to the participants: According to Andrea Helling, a representative of the foundation, the competition was fierce and students who entered proposed innovative and thought-provoking approaches to promote science using social media.
Then he was shocked again, he admitted, laughing. To actually win it was a real surprise. It feels really good to have won, but it was a real shock. He thinks that bodes well for future writing projects. Hartmann explained what motivated his intense passion for research. Both had potentially lethal cancers — bladder and melanoma, respectively, which about a decade ago were erased by the advances of medical research.
That to me was poignant evidence for the merits of research that I think anyone can appreciate.
The essay outlined a social media campaign that encourages patients to share ways in which biomedical research has directly affected and improved the quality of their lives.
He believes people are far more likely to accept direction from those with whom they have established a trusted relationship and that non-scientists are in a position to share the benefits of research and even advocate for science.
He was impressed with his winning idea. This will allow individuals in the public to understand more clearly the value of science and its ultimate benefits for mankind. We are excited to see an MUSC student earn such a prestigious honor this early in his career.
His creativity and vision will be great assets as he continues his medical research career. He completed his first two of four years of medical school then shifted to four years of research.
In June, he defended his doctoral thesis, completing the Ph. His research was focused on the mysterious cell in the brain called a pericyte. I was investigating if these pericytes can regulate blood flow to and from the brain.
He imagines in the future that his time will be split about 80 percent science and 20 percent clinical.
I enjoy the creativity of it and the writing is actually a factor. That will help him narrow down the area in which he wants to concentrate clinically.
Hartmann is a man of many talents.
He sings and mostly plays the guitar and bass — and the laptop, he said with a laugh, referring to its ability to program in drums and keyboards. He was amazed at how similar writing a song is to writing a science article. They criticize your idea and return their own idea.
His wife Erica is in physician assistant school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They will reunite for good in when they both graduate.
Hartmann found himself in good company when he won the Lasker Award. To be associated in any respect is an honor. I am very excited. I keep up with them and love the work they do. It will be a pleasure to visit them this fall.Get Me Into Medical School are delighted to announce the launch of the Future Medical Student Essay Competition open to everyone applying to medical school.
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