Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Selects Houston VA Physician to Receive Award
HOUSTON – Aanand Naik, M.D., Medical Care Line staff physician and investigator at the Health Services Research and Development Service Center of Excellence at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research, was notified that his proposal, “Controlled Trial of Goal-Setting for Diabetes Control in Minority Communities” will be supported by the Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation invites medical schools to submit a maximum of three applicants each year. Using a very competitive review process, the Foundation approved 20 awards for 2008. As an award recipient, Naik will receive $375,000 in direct costs over a three year period.
Doris Duke was the only child of James Buchanan Duke, a founder of the American Tobacco Company and Duke Energy Company. When he died in 1925, he divided his fortune between the Duke Endowment and his 12-year-old daughter. Although Doris Duke lived a private life, she contributed to a number of public causes. She was an active supporter of medical research and child welfare throughout her life. When she was just 21, she established a foundation called Independent Aid, which later became the Doris Duke Foundation. It is estimated she gave away more than $400 million in current dollars during her lifetime, often as anonymous contributions. Doris Duke died in October 1993 at the age of 80. In her will, she left the majority of her estate to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The CSDA Program provides grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. The transition to an independent research career is often more difficult for physician-scientists conducting clinical research than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance both the demands of seeing patients with those of conducting research. The Medical Research Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation created this award to provide support to physician-scientists during this critical stage of career development.
Naik will conduct a randomized controlled trial of a diabetes group clinic compared with enhanced usual care to determine if collaborative goal-setting can enhance doctor-patient communication and decision making in diabetes. The project aims specifically to determine the effectiveness of patients’ use of proactive communication and goal-setting techniques as mechanisms for improving (1) diabetes self-management behaviors and (2) diabetes outcomes (HgA1c, systolic blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol levels) in a low-income Hispanic population.
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