The William Walker Awards are granted to a small group of Johns Hopkins medical students who plan to engage in research over the summer between their first and second years. Judges select these students on the basis of: 1) quality of the study overall, 2) significance of the student role in the study, and 3) relevance of the study to psychiatry. These 7 medical students, in collaboration with faculty within and outside the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, developed summer research projects that demonstrated a winning combination of high research quality, strong student role in the research, and relevance to psychiatry.
We are pleased to announce the 2014 William Walker Award winners from an outstanding group of applications:
Seva Khambadkone will work with Dr. Moran on an experiment to gauge the relationship of gut flora and behavior in rats.
Anita Ram, under the mentorship of Drs. Chisolm and Tuten, aims to study the predictors of successful smoking reduction interventions in pregnant, methadone-maintained women.
Katie Holroyd will contribute to Dr. Lyketsos’ study of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of mild Alzheimer Disease.
Wynne Callon proposes to analyze Dr. Schretlen’ s neuropsychological data, in search of a cognitive endophenotype for major mental illness.
Samantha Roman will conduct a survey of attitudes towards mental illness among house staff at several hospitals, under the guidance of Dr. Frosch.
Laura Anzaldi, along with Dr. Kaplin, will initiate an on-line pilot study on quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Ayresleigh Rowland will collaborate in a project with Dr. Daniel Todes (History of Medicine) reviewing the historical literature on peripartum psychosis in the early 20th century.
Congratulations to all applicants and best wishes to the winners on your research!