Published: 09-28-2021

Left: Merline Benny, M.D., and Nicole Sur, M.D.

Left: Merline Benny, M.D., and Nicole Sur, M.D.

The Miami CTSI congratulates Merline Benny, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, on her recent Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (KO8) award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

With this accomplishment, Dr. Benny will forgo her CTSI KL2 award while continuing to study the protective role of CXCR7 in neonatal hyperoxia induced systemic vascular dysfunction in adulthood.

The K08 award will allow Dr. Benny to undertake formal scientific training in vascular injury and stiffness.

With the opening left by Dr. Benny in the CTSI’s KL2 program, a new award will go to Nicole Sur, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Neurology’s Stroke Division.

Dr. Sur’s research proposal is centered on evaluating race/ethnic and sex disparities in the use of oral blood thinners for the stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation.

She also will investigate the rate of blood thinner use after stroke hospital discharge and the impact on stroke outcomes, stroke and treatment related complications, and hospital readmissions.

As with all CTSI KL2 awards, scholars receive mentorship, an individualized research and career development plan, experiential training with established faculty, and access to educational programs and supportive resources through CTSI’s various programs.

Dr. Sur’s primary mentor is Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Rundek co-leads three CTSI programs including its M.S. in Clinical and Translational Investigation Program.

Dr. Sur’s other mentors are Jose Romano, M.D., and Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., both professors in the Department of Neurology.




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