Going above and beyond: learning from lectures, mentors
NIAID's Kelly Stone receives Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award
The 2018 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award was presented Sept. 5 to Dr. Kelly Stone from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The award was presented at Clinical Center Grand Rounds. According to one nominee, "Dr. Stone is an outstanding teacher who always goes above and beyond to ensure fellows are mentored in every aspect of their training."
The award is the highest honor bestowed since 1985, by the NIH clinical fellows on a NIH senior clinician, staff clinician or tenure-track clinical investigator. Each year, the award is decided by a vote of the NIH Clinical Fellows Committee and presented to one of the nominees who best exemplifies the ideals of a mentor, teacher, clinician and researcher.
Stone joined the NIAID's Laboratory of Allergic Diseases in 2007, where he serves as director of the NIAID's Clinical Center Allergy and Immunology Clinical Fellowship Program and director of the NIH Clinical Center Allergy and Immunology Consultation Service.
He is a principal investigator on two protocols focusing research on the genetics and mechanisms of allergic inflammation in atopic dermatitis, severe atopic diseases, genetic disorders with features of allergic inflammation, and immunodeficiency diseases.
Stone is also fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Clinical Immunology Society.
Following the award, "Challenges in Drug-Induced Liver Injury", a Clinical Center Grand Rounds: Great Teachers Lecture was presented by Dr. Jay Hoofnagle.
Doppman Lecture for Imaging Sciences addresses Focused Ultrasound to Improve Dysfunctional Brain Circuits
On Oct. 17, Dr. Michael G. Kaplitt, from Weill Medical College of Cornell University gave the 2018 Annual John Doppman Memorial Lecture for Imaging Sciences at the Clinical Center.
Kaplitt, a professor of neurological surgery and vice chair of research in neurological surgery, focuses upon development and application of gene therapy in the nervous system of both experimental systems and human patients. He presented on "Focused Ultrasound as a Non-Invasive Mechanism to Improve Dysfunctional Brain Circuits in Neurological Disease." His lecture addressed lesioning of brain targets to improve movement disorders, and disruption of the blood-brain barrier to allow non-invasive, focal delivery of biological agents to brain targets affected by neurological disease without surgery.
"I am honored to be giving this particular lecture," Kaplitt said. "I was reading about Dr. Doppman's accomplishments and I think that some of what I will discuss today is quite appropriate, given his interest in early adoption of MRI and collaboration with surgeons. I think what we'll talk about today shows the natural extension of that – how we're combining imaging and invasive therapeutics in a collaborative way to try move forward the kind of concepts that Dr. Doppman began."
The lecture series honors the memory of Dr. John Doppman, a Clinical Center clinician and investigator who was devoted to both patient care and research. Doppman was a diagnostic and interventional radiologist and chair of the hospital's diagnostic radiology department. Under his leadership, the department was among the first in the United States to have CT and MRI scanners. Doppman is remembered as a respected colleague, gifted teacher and generous mentor.