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Our THRIVing Scholars

Earlier this month iTHRIV released the RFA for its flagship Scholars Program. This competitive program prepares trainees to excel in a transformed biomedical research environment in which digital data drives health care hypotheses, interventions, and health quality evaluation. The program also contributes to the growth and development of team science culture created by the marriage of data-driven approaches with robust clinical translational research this program. 


With the 2022 Scholars Symposium right around the corner, iTHRIV takes a moment to highlight recent accomplishments of those in and close to the Scholars Program...

iTHRIV Scholar and Virginia Tech researcher Julia Basso, PhD, CYT is studying the role of dance on healthy mother-child interactions. She will investigate whether a mother with PTSD can establish a healthy attachment with her child to decrease the likelihood of passing on trauma from one generation to the next. Read the announcement here.


iTHRIV Scholar and cancer researcher, Christine Ibilibor, MD, MSc was interviewed in an Essence Magazine article discussing "What The Black Men In Our Lives Need To Know About Prostate Cancer" Read the article here.

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iTHRIV Scholar and an assistant professor at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, Brittany Howell, PhD is leading part of a nationwide National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to address the opioid crisis. Howell wants to better understand how early exposure to opioids and other factors influence babies’ brain, physical, and behavioral development. Read the story here.


iTHRIV Scholar Alumna and current Scholar Program Mentor, Sana Syed, MD has been awarded an NIH R01: for $3.6M to study population-based characterization of metabolic pathways to predict pediatric Crohn's disease outcomes. This is collaborative project with one of iTHRIV's KL2 Principal Investigators, Jason Papin, PhD, as well as, Emory University's Subra Kugathasan, M.D. Read all of the details here.


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC/Children’s National Hospital researcher, and current iTHRIV Schloar Jia-Ray Yu, PhD was selected as one of eleven local researchers from Children’s National Research Institute, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, University of Maryland, and the National Cancer Institute to receive CCF grants intended to advance treatments and cures for children diagnosed with cancer. Read the announcement here.

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A poem composed by UVA pediatrician and current iTHRIV Scholar, Irène P. Mathieu, MD is featured in Scribner's "The Best American Poetry 2022". Read about the series here.


iTHRIV Scholar Alumna, Meghan Mattos, PhD, RN, CNL has been awarded a NIH K76- $1.22 million for her research titled "Internet-based insomnia intervention to prevent cognitive decline in older adults with mild cognitive impairment". Read about Dr. Mattos' award here.


iTHRIV Scholar Program Co-Director, Bradford Worrall, MD was featured in a Radio-IQ interview about his study indicating blood type may correlate with risk of stroke. Listen to the segment here.


If you are interested in research like this, or curious about the iTHRIV Scholars Program, then iTHRIV invites you to register for the 2022 Scholars Symposium scheduled for October 18th, where you can attend an information session at 12:30, listen to a keynote address from a guest speaker, and learn about the current research our Scholars are conducting.

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