June 16, 2015
Elizabeth A. Hinds (BS Chem Egr ’12) has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for selective training and is among 55 students named to the 2015-16 NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). This is NIH’s fourth and largest MRSP class.
Her MRSP experience begins on July 20.
The one-year residential program introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research as part of NIH's goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. MRSP places creative, research-oriented students in NIH laboratories and clinics to conduct basic, clinical or translational research in areas that match their career interests and research goals.
Hinds called MRSP an “extremely unique opportunity” for research in nearly all fields of study.
“I hope to utilize my research capabilities to participate in the studies that help shape the future of medicine, as well as improve my skills in research that can be applied throughout the rest of my career,” she said.
Hinds will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. She has spent the past three years at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University in Ohio.
“I am interested in primary care and would like to someday be able to be a primary care physician-researcher as this is an under-researched field despite being the future of healthcare and medicine,” Hinds explained. “I enjoy direct patient care, but understand the importance of research in determining the best way to provide that patient care and would like to continue to contribute to this knowledge,” she added.
A 2012 graduate of MSU’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, she is the daughter of Tim Hinds, academic director in the MSU College of Engineering Cornerstone and Residential Experience (CoRe).
Michael Gottesman, M.D., deputy director for intramural research at NIH, said the NIH has a proud history of training clinician-scientists, many of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize or to lead major medical research organizations.
"These students will be introduced to incredibly innovative research, among the best in the world, and I know they will be up to the challenge,” Gottesman added.
Read more on the MRSP program at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2015/cc-22.htm