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April 11, 2011

SIU Med Student Awarded NIH Fellowship

A medical student at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has been awarded a fellowship in the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Alexander Claussen is the first student at SIU to receive this award which was given to only 30 medical and dental students in the U.S. this year.

Claussen, a third-year medical student, is the son of Dale and Becky Claussen of Edwardsville.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign (2008) and Edwardsville High School (2004). 

While in medical school, Claussen has worked in the laboratory of Kathleen C. M. Campbell, Ph.D., SIU professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and director of the division’s audiology research, as part of a Mentored Professional Enrichment Experience.  His research interests are hearing loss and auditory and vestibular sciences.

The CRTP is designed for research-oriented medical or dental students interested in clinical investigation.  Fellows spend one year in residence on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., learning clinical research design, data analysis, bioethics and critical review of medical literature, while conducting mentored research in an area that matches their academic interests and career goals.

The training program was established in 1997 by the U.S. Congress to support the mission of the NIH – improving health through scientific discovery.

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