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Timnit Tekeste, M1 student, wins national geriatrics-research grant

May 23, 2013 College News - Timnit Tekeste, a first-year MCW medical student, has been selected to receive a national Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) grant from the American Federation for Aging Research to perform summer research in geriatrics.

Tekeste’s research project is titled, Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners: The Role of Functional Disability. She will conduct the research at the University of Connecticut, under the guidance of Lisa C. Barry, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine. Her MCW faculty mentor is Edmund Duthie, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

The MSTAR program exposes students to age-related research early in their medical training. The goal is to recruit more medical professionals to academic careers in aging and teach skills that are in demand as the nation’s population ages. MCW students have been regular participants in this program over the years. In addition to Tekeste, three other current MCW students have won MSTAR grants in the past. Tekeste begins her second year of medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin this fall.

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