Shaofeng Yan, MD, PhD, Is Honored with Blake Fellowship

Hitchcock Foundation bestows two-year research grant on young DHMC clinician

November 22, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Shaofeng Yan, MD, PhD, a pathologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and a member of the Melanoma and Gynecologic Cancer Programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, is the 2010 recipient of the Hitchcock Foundation's Tiffany Blake Career Development Fellowship. The Fellowship, awarded to Dr. Yan on October 28 by the Foundation's Board of Trustees, is given to promising young Dartmouth investigators who are committed to clinically oriented research and translating that research into effective treatments for patients.

"The Tiffany Blake Fellowship will certainly ensure that I can take full advantage of the rich scientific environment at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Medical School, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and dedicate myself to research," said Dr. Yan. "With the support of the Fellowship, I will be able to dedicate more time to basic research, in addition to my clinical duties. The Fellowship enables me to develop the skills necessary for independence as a principal investigator, with Dr. Mark A. Israel as my mentor."

The research she will conduct as a Blake Fellow will focus on the role of Id2, a protein involved in the progression of malignant melanoma.
"The Tiffany Blake Career Development Fellowship is an important tool in building the Dartmouth clinical and translational research enterprise, and Shaofeng Yan is a well-deserved recipient. Dr. Yan brings top-notch clinical training and experience to her work in the laboratory," said Dr. Israel, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "It will be a pleasure to be Dr. Yan's mentor for the two years she will be a Blake Fellow."

Prior to joining the Cancer Center staff in 2006, Dr. Yan was a fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She served her residency in pathology at DHMC from 2001-2005 after earning her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and graduating with her MD from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China, in 1994.

The objective of the two-year, $170,000 Fellowship is to encourage research-oriented clinicians to develop independent research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to conduct research. A second goal of the Fellowship is to increase the number of clinical researchers at DHMC conducting cutting-edge biomedical research and translating their discoveries into clinical settings. Blake Fellows conduct their research under the guidance of a mentor.

The Fellowship was established in 1960 by Margaret Day Blake and is named for her husband Tiffany Blake, a prominent Chicago journalist who died in 1943. Mrs. Blake spent summers in Cornish, NH. She died in 1971, having already seen several Fellows benefit from her philanthropy.

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