SOM student receives American Society of Hematology Trainee Research Award

Julia Whitley, a rising 2nd year medical student in the UNC School of Medicine, received an American Society of Hematology (ASH) Trainee Research Award.

As one of 44 recipients nationally, she will receive $4,000 to conduct research on blood and blood-related diseases. This award’s program was designed to expose trainees to scientific research early in their careers and to inspire them to pursue future training in hematology and oncology.

Under the direction of Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Julia will be studying the role of B cells in the development of chronic graft-versus-host disease in patients treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

In addition to receiving research funds, each awardee will receive $1,000 to travel to the 54th ASH Annual Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in December.

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