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Institutional Advancement & Philanthropy

The Doctors Alan and Adele Josephson Memorial Fund for 2008

Awardee 2008

Pictured from left: Edmund Bourke, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine; Allen P. Kaplan, MD, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina; Jonathan Silverberg, PhD, MS-3; Rauno Joks, MD, Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology; Ian Taylor, MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical School. May 2008

The second Alan S. Josephson Memorial Scholarship (now The Doctors Alan and Adele Josephson Memorial Fund scholarship) given by the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was presented to Jonathan I. Silverberg, MS-3, an MD, PhD student in the Neuroscience Program of the School of Graduate Studies. Mr. Silverberg worked under the mentorship of Drs. Helen G. Durkin, Mark Stewart, and Vahe Amassian, for his study entitled Blood T and B lymphocytes enter mouse brain after a single seizure and some switch to IL-4+ and IgE+ cells in neocortex: Epilepsy as an allergic disease? The paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Philadelphia on March 16, 2008. The Josephson Award was given on May 1, 2008, at the 4th Annual Alan S. Josephson Lecture, which was presented by Allen P. Kaplan, MD, class of '65, Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.


The Doctors Alan and Adele Josephson Memorial Fund for 2007

Awardee

Pictured from left: Thomas Platt-Mills, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Virginia, Dana Dure, Rauno Joks, MD, Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology.

Second-year medical student Dana Dure was the first recipient of the Alan S. Josephson Memorial Scholarship (now The Doctors Alan and Adele Josephson Memorial Fund scholarship). In 2006 she was awarded an Alumni Fund Summer Research Fellowship which resulted in the abstract entitled "Effect of Emergency Room Treatment of Acute Asthma on Plasma levels of Complement Split Products". Dana, as first author, presented it at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology in San Diego in 2/07. The Josephson Scholarship will make her attendance possible. Your contributions will make more such scholarships possible.

"I'm writing to thank you for all of your time, help and efforts over the summer. I really could not have asked for a more supportive group to work with. It was an experience that I will carry with me through all my future endeavors, and I am really grateful for it. I want to thank you, too, for the additional opportunity provided by the Alan S. Josephson Memorial Scholarship that will enable me to present my work at the 2007 AAAAI conference. Attending this conference will give me the opportunity to meet with other physicians, students and researchers who share the same enthusiasms. It will also allow me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the current issues, explore new discoveries and gain further insight into the future of allergy, asthma and immunology. And for this I am truly grateful." — Dana Dure

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