Published on March 29, 2005
New York Pathologist Receives College of American
Pathologists Foundation 2005-06 Scholars Award
Northfield, IL.—The College of
American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF) has awarded Neil MacDonald Renwick,
MD, PhD, of Columbia University in New York, a $25,000 fellowship as part
of CAPF 2005-06 Scholars Award Program.
Dr. Renwick will receive one of three awards from this national scholarship
program. Kenichi Tamama, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center, and Omar Hameed, MBChB, of the Washington University School of
Medicine in St. Louis, are the other award recipients. The Scholars Award
Program provides fellowships for advanced training in the science of pathology.
The CAPF Scholar Award enables young medical investigators to develop
independent and productive research careers by providing $25,000 in salary
support for one year of pure research. Research and educational advances
supported by the CAPF Scholar Award 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. Renwick’s research project titled: “Development and evaluation
of DNA microarrays for viral detection, speciation and discovery”
is designed to evaluate this powerful technology as a means to identify
viral pathogens that are difficult to detect using routine diagnostic
methods and to speciate members of certain virus families, such as adenoviruses
and herpesviruses. Through this detailed study, Dr. Renwick hopes to enhance
the ease of viral diagnostics.
“I cannot thank the College of American Pathologists enough for
this wonderful opportunity to pursue translational research,” Dr.
Renwick said. “This grant will enable me to examine the prevalence
and clinical associations of adenoviruses and herpesviruses in lung transplant
recipients and will also let me follow my interest in viral discovery.
In addition, this grant highlights our role as pathologists in improving
health care and in advancing medicine.”
Dr. Renwick received his medical degree from the University of Otago
in New Zealand and completed his PhD in virology at the University of
Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He is currently serving a molecular pathology
fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.
Through annual conferences, publications and special events, the CAPF
promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of
pathology services to patients, to expand medical research and funding
of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Program,
and to encourage leadership through sponsorship of the annual Herbert
Lansky Memorial Award and the CAP Foundation Young Leader Awards.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP)
is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 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.