Travel Award for Outstanding Young Investigators
2017 Recipient: Fong Lam
"I am an assistant professor in Pediatrics/Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. I am originally from Houston and received my BA from Univeristy of Texas and MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. My pediatrics and critical care medicine training was at the Baylor College of Medicine. I am currently a clinician-scientist interested in the pathophysiology and interplay of microvascular inflammation and thrombosis. I became interested in microvascular research during my critical care fellowship under the mentorship of Rolando Rumbaut, MD PhD. This stemmed from the clinical observation that patients with sepsis may still develop ongoing organ dysfunction despite normal systemic blood pressures. Clearly, the microcirculation was dysfunctional either through inflammation, thrombosis, or both. I then became interested in the interactions between platelets, neutrophils, and endothelium in the development of microvascular inflammation and thrombosis. When not in the laboratory or intensive care unit, I enjoy running, coaching my son's soccer team, and trying new foods. Oh, and writing grants. Who doesn't love writing grants? I plan to visit 2-3 laboratories in Europe in February or March 2018."
This annual award is given to reward meritorious research in the field of microcirculation by supporting the recipient's visits to laboratories abroad. The award is intended for a researcher who is a resident of the United States or Canada, has received a Ph.D. or completed a first M.D. residency within 12 years of the deadline, and is an active member of the MCS. The award consists of a certificate and $5,000 to defray travel costs associated with the trip.
To apply for this award, a letter of nomination describing how the award will benefit the nominee's career and advance their knowledge of microcirculation, a brief tentative itinerary including the laboratories to be visited, and a current Curriculum Vitae should be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Matthew Boegehold. Application materials are due prior to December 2nd of the year preceding the award. The recipient is expected to present a brief report of their trip to the MCS membership at the next annual meeting of the MCS.