College of American Pathologists
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Published on March 20, 2008

St. Louis Pathologist Selected for College of American Pathologists Foundation 2008-09 Scholars Program

Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF) has awarded Jacqueline E. Payton, MD, PhD, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., a $25,000 fellowship as part of CAPF 2008-09 Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

Dr. Payton will receive one of four awards given from this national fellowship program. Eldad A. Hod, MD, of Columbia University in New York, N.Y; Jennifer M. Eschbacher, MD, of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Stephen M. Rohan, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y., are the other award recipients. The Scholars program provides fellowships for advanced training in the science of pathology.

The CAPF Scholars program enables young medical investigators to develop independent and productive research careers by providing $25,000 in salary support for one year of translational research. Research and educational advances supported by the CAPF Scholars program benefit both the research and clinical communities by keeping talented investigators and practicing pathologists in the “pipeline” for tomorrow’s discoveries. The program promotes talent in pathology, advances productive investigation, and encourages young pathologists to pursue academic medicine.

Dr. Payton’s project titled: “Genome-Wide Analysis of AML: Identification of Somatic Changes and Correlation with Clinicopathological Features and Survival” is designed to identify acquired genetic changes that may contribute to the pathogenesis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) within a defined set of patient samples. The goal of the study is to provide a foundation of preliminary data from which follow-up functional studies will be designed, leading to a better understanding of AML, and potentially, a path toward targeted therapy.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from the College,” said Dr. Payton. “This grant will allow me to continue this important research and establish a better understanding of AML. I cannot thank the College enough for this opportunity to pursue my interests in advancing medicine.”

Dr. Payton received a BS degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., a medical degree and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana. Dr. Payton is currently co-chief resident of Laboratory Medicine at the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., and will complete her residency in June 2008.

The CAPF promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.

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