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Medical student wins Alpha Omega Alpha scholarship

Sarah Roddy, MD, Jason Hong, and Henry Lamberton, PsyD, celebrate Mr. Hong�s winning an Alpha Omega Alpha research scholarship
Sarah Roddy, MD, Jason Hong, and Henry Lamberton, PsyD, celebrate Mr. Hong’s winning an Alpha Omega Alpha research scholarship. Dr. Roddy is associate professor of pediatrics in the LLU school of medicine, Mr. Hong is a first year medical student, and Dr. Lamberton is associate dean for student affairs.
First year medical student Jason Hong recently learned that his application for a Carolyn L. Kuchein Student Research Scholarship from Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has been approved.

Under the terms of the scholarship program, Mr. Hong will receive a $5,000 stipend plus an additional amount not to exceed $1,000 in travel reimbursement, to research how the HIV virus is transmitted from infected mothers to their infants.

His study—titled “Characterization of the phenotypic properties of HIV variants: comparison between breast milk and blood”—starts from the hypothesis that HIV variants in breast milk will have enhanced abilities to interact with the CCR5 receptor compared to variants in maternal blood.

Mr. Hong is conducting his research at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in Hollywood.

By James Ponder

TODAY news for Thursday, July 28, 2008