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Northwestern Using $10M Gift to Train Med Students in Life Sciences

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine will use a $10 million gift to establish a new graduate-level program focused on medical school students in an array of life sciences approaches, the school said today.

The funding from the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Foundation will endow and provide the name for the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences, which will be centered at Feinberg and will emphasize recruiting highly competitive candidates for the medical scientist training program.

These scholars will train with faculty in a broad range of life sciences areas including genomics, genetics, microbial pathogenesis, cancer biology, cell biology, preventive medicine, drug discovery, and others.

"Doctoral candidates are among the medical school's most promising investigators, and with our life sciences faculty, have made tremendous strides in understanding fundamental causes of disease," Eric Neilson, VP for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg dean at the Feinberg School, said in a statement. "This gift will help ensure our graduate students have one of the most enriching and productive training experiences in the country."

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