Philanthropy Notes

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We recognize and appreciate the philanthropic support from corporations and foundations.  In this section, we will periodoically share stories of these organizations and the impact their gift has made at Temple Health.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Two Grants to Temple

Temple University School of Medicine received two important grants from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, one from its Clinical Scientist Development Award program and another from its program of Grants to Support Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students from Underrepresented Minorities.

The Doris Duke funded STEP UP-HS, a three-year program, provides ten low-income, minority high school students the opportunity to participate in clinical research with nationally recognized scientists.  The program matches students with mentors, and provides educational and career counseling support focused on biomedical research careers.

The foundation received 63 proposals for the competition – and selected Temple as one of nine to receive funding.

STEP UP-HS is directed by Raul DeLa Cadena, MD, Professor of Physiology and Thrombosis Research at Temple University.  Dr. DeLa Cadena is also Assistant Dean for Temple’s Recruitment, Admissions and Retention (RAR) program, which promotes educational success of underrepresented minorities in medicine.

“Statistics such as these affirm Temple’s longstanding commitment to training individuals underrepresented in the health professions,” says Dr. DeLa Cadena.  “And it is a tremendous asset that The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation shares our values and concerns – and has provided philanthropy that advances our mission.”

Sharon Herring, MD ’02, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and public health at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education, received the Clinical Scientist Development Award from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Sixteen such grants were awarded nationally by the foundation in 2012.  The aim is to help junior physician-scientists transition to independent clinical research careers.

Dr. Herring – the first Temple faculty member to receive a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award – is devoting her career to issues related to women’s health, obesity prevention and treatment, and psychosocial factors in chronic disease prevention.