Shore Fellowship affords breathing room

first_imgThe weekend was hectic for physician Rhonda Bentley-Lewis: two full days of activities, including her son’s birthday party. Then came the trip to the emergency room, not to attend to a patient, but to Christian, the 11-year-old birthday boy, and his broken wrist.“It’s always something,” sighed Bentley-Lewis, the mother of two — her son (who is doing fine), and her 7-year-old daughter Candace. She also has a baby on the way, another boy, due in January.Add to the mix her husband Eldrin Lewis’ busy life as a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and things get complicated. Without family in the area to help — she hails from New York, he from Pennsylvania — their lives have been an extreme exercise in work-life balance.“It’s been a lot of planning and some trial and error,” she said. “I’ve gone through everything from nannies to family friends to au pairs, trying to make sure that we have enough support to keep all of us happy.”The schedule is a familiar one for many young doctors who are managing the rigors of a medical career and a family. But for some, including Bentley-Lewis, an instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and associate physician at BWH, help is in sight.Bentley-Lewis is a recipient of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine. She joins 88 junior faculty members, clinicians, and researchers who will receive the 2008 grants that range from $25,000 to $30,000 and typically last one year.The program was established in 1995 to honor the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HMS. To date, the fellowship component of the program, which began a year later as a way to support junior faculty, has honored 600 recipients with more than $13 million.The awards were designed with young doctors in mind, those in the early stages of their careers who are often in need of additional financial support, manpower, and added time to complete research projects, prepare manuscripts, or publish papers — frequently while treating patients, and often while caring for a family.For Bentley-Lewis, who works at BWH in the division of endocrine diabetes and hypertension, the award has enabled her to devote time to her clinical research on cardiovascular disease risk factors in women.With her one-year $30,000 grant, Bentley-Lewis hired a research assistant to coordinate her work on the occurrence of diabetes during pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and her study on the relationship of race and ethnicity to the incidence of the disease.????As one compares the prevalence of GDM across racial/ethnic groups, one observes a higher prevalence of GDM among women of Asian, Hispanic, and African-American descent compared to non-Hispanic white populations,” said Bentley-Lewis, who also noted that GDM is a predictor of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.In addition, Bentley-Lewis said the fellowship afforded her the time to “manage my clinical and family responsibilities,” and to apply for a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently a finalist for a four-year, $420,000 award from the organization, which, she said, will help her extend her current research.“Because I am so early in my career, the Shore Fellowship is critical to my ability to not only continue the work I am doing now, but to help me work toward establishing independence as a clinical investigator. That’s what it’s all about, taking deliberate steps forward along this path toward independence. I am extremely grateful for the support the Shore award has provided.”A love of research, a dangerous virus, and experiences during his pediatric residency all cemented Asim Ahmed’s desire to work with infectious diseases in children.“Sometimes you don’t realize what you are getting into, then a light bulb goes off and you realize your future vocation, what you are driven by,” said the instructor at HMS and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston.Near the end of his residency, Ahmed, who grew up in St. Louis, conducted research on the West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness that produces flu-like symptoms and, in serious cases, can be fatal.Soon after, during his pediatric infectious disease fellowship in the early months of his pediatric rotation, Ahmed encountered a number of young patients with eastern equine encephalitis, a virus similar to West Nile, but more serious, one that often causes permanent brain damage or death.“It affected my outlook on what it means to be a physician,” said Ahmed. “To see a child and their family go through something like that was incredibly compelling.”Ahmed, who was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant as part of the Shore program, will use the funding to study how such viruses gain entry into cells where they then multiply. His work, he said, not only offers insight into understanding how the viruses operate, but also into possible treatments.“This kind of research gives you a basic understanding of the first step that is important to the viral life cycle. In addition, that initial point in the life cycle can be a target for intervention.”For Ahmed, the Shore Fellowship provides the kind of essential funding that will both allow him to expand his work and time in the lab, as well as hire a research assistant in the following year.“This kind of support early in one’s career is really critical,” he said. “It allows you to transition to an independent career as a physician scientist.”last_img read more

Why CARICOM must celebrate Emancipation Day

first_img Jul 30, 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Observation of Emancipation Period Combines Commemoration, Celebration – CARICOM Reparations CommissionThe CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) joins with all citizens of the English-speaking Caribbean and all others who understand and promote racial justice and equality in observing 1s August as Emancipation Day. We do this at a most important and inspiring time in our history when the Black Lives Matter and…August 1, 2020In “CARICOM”Message from CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of SlaveryI urge all in CARICOM to focus on reparations for the enslavement of Africans on Emancipation Day, 2020. In our region, and elsewhere, we need to have a more thorough-going public education programme on the meaning and significance of reparatory justice for the Caribbean. Further, our governments must ramp up…July 30, 2020In “CARICOM”Emancipation remains a work in progress – Chair of CARICOM Reparations CommissionEmancipation Day Message by Dr. Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission We join annually with communities across the world in marking the moment in which the crime of chattel enslavement was confronted and uprooted from our existential realities. For us, the moment is August 1st; other dates are…August 1, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM Flag Raised at Barbados Government Headquarters (Barbados Today) This coming Thursday, the 1st of August 2019, is Emancipation Day – the day on which we celebrate the anniversary of the 1834/1838 abolition of slavery in the British Empire. But it is also a day on which we should celebrate our heritage of Caribbean integration, for the truth of the matter is that the successful effort to achieve the abolition of slavery was very much a regional enterprise. Make no mistake about it – while there were several economic, political and humanitarian factors that contributed to the decision to abolish the British slavery system, the most potent factor by far was the sustained and uncompromising rebellion against slavery in the Caribbean by our enslaved foreparents. Indeed, the American historian, Michael Craton, author of the book Testing the Chains, has identified no less than 75 slave plots and rebellions in the British West Indies in the 200-year span between 1638, the beginning phase of British slavery in the Caribbean, and 1838, the year in which the slavery system finally collapsed in the British colonies. Message from CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of… Aug 1, 2020center_img Observation of Emancipation Period Combines Commemoration,… CARICOM Envoy promotes #IAMCARICOM You may be interested in… Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Mar 23, 2020last_img read more


first_imgImage source “GuyFawkesMask” Wikipedia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice officers in Dumfries are investigating a disturbance which happened at around 1740 hours on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at a house in Lincluden Road in the town. At that time four men were seen at the house, all wearing anonymous stlye masks. Threats were made to the occupants of the house and a door to the house and a silver coloured Audi car which was parked outside were damaged.Constable Staphanie Brown said “we want to hear from anyone who may have been about the Lincluded road area to call us if they can help identify these four men. The only description we have is that one of the men was about 25/27 years old, slim build and was wearing a grey hooded top, dark blue shorts and spoke with a local accent. The other three men were dressed in dark clothing, and all four had white ‘anonymous’ style masks on. Anyone with any information should call us on 101.”last_img read more

Buju’s website crashes minutes after concert tickets go on sale

first_imgJust minutes after tickets went on sale for Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom tour, the reggae artist’s website crashed, leaving scores of supporters unable to purchase tickets. Tickets went on sale for the March 16th show at 11 AM on January 17. Within just a few minutes of going live, Banton’s website bujubanton.com showed that tickets to the general admission and VIP sections were sold out. Caribtix.com, the linked website to which persons were redirected when purchasing tickets, was also experiencing technical difficulties. Moments later, the website was seemingly shut down by administrators and a message read: “Please pardon us as we resolve some issues”.  It is common for concert and ticket websites to crash when they are unable to facilitate a large number of orders at once. In 2018, minutes after tickets went on sale for Beyonce’s On the Run II tour, the website crashed, leaving fans all over the world angry. But in Buju’s case, this was not the only issue.  Could be the fault of scammersBanton’s publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson told Jamaican media that scammers may have cloned the website and urged fans not to purchase their tickets from any other website. “The site may have been cloned. Tickets are not sold out. That is not true. We are currently working to fix any issues with ticket purchases, and we would like to warn patrons not to buy their tickets anywhere else. We have to heighten our security”, she said. Buju also posted a similar message on his Instagram page which read, “With tremendous response from fans worldwide, we are aware that both bujubanton.com and Caribtix.com website have crashed. My team is working expeditiously to get the sites back up. Please pay close attention to @destinemedia and/@budafuco96 for more information”. Off line tickets soon availableBuju Banton’s team has since promised to place physical tickets on sale in the near future to lessen the unscrupulous activities that surround the event. The entertainer’s long-awaited Long Walk to Freedom tour will kick-off at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on March 16.last_img read more