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Graduate School co-hosts 10th annual Cullen Trust Fellowship Symposium

January 22, 2018
Tracey Barnett


Cullen fellows Nicole Wang (far left) and Mary Adeyeye (far right) pose with chair of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education, Corbin Robertson, Jr., and UTHealth Development board member Beth Robertson, at the Cullen Symposium reception on Friday, Jan. 12.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, along with UTHealth, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, hosted the 10th Annual Cullen Trust for Higher Education Fellowship Symposium on Translational Research and M.D./Ph.D. Career Development Workshop on January 12 and 13. 

Since 2007, The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, under the chairmanship of Corbin Robertson, Jr., has made gifts totaling more than $2.1 million over 10 years to support, strengthen and grow the M.D./Ph.D. programs at UTHealth/MD Anderson (a joint program) and Baylor.

The two M.D./Ph.D. programs jointly host the annual symposium for the dual purpose of showcasing outstanding translational researchers in the Texas Medical Center. At this year's two-day event more than 50 undergraduates were given the opportunity to explore the M.D./Ph.D. programs offered at the Graduate School and Baylor College of Medicine.

Speakers at Friday's events included Graduate School faculty member Faye Johnson, M.D, Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. program student Vincent Bernard as well as Baylor faculty member Kjersti Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D., and student Michael Gundry. The day concluded with a poster session and recognition dinner honoring the Cullen Foundation and the 2017-2018 Cullen Fellows Mary Adeyeye and Nicole Wang.

An M.D./Ph.D. Career Development Workshop was held Saturday (January 13) at Baylor College of Medicine for current and prospective M.D./Ph.D. students. Topics covered at the workshop included life as an M.D./Ph.D. student and career paths for physician scientists.

Each year, select incoming M.D./Ph.D. students in each program are provided full stipends during the medical training portion of their education. Further, these fellows are afforded the opportunity to complete their research training at any of the three sponsoring institutions. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education Fellowship program reflects an unprecedented collaborative effort and intellectual resource for M.D. /Ph.D. students in the Texas Medical Center.

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