Three Columbia University Medical Center researchers at the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine have been selected to receive investigator awards in health policy research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A total of 11 individuals were chosen from a national pool of 226 applicants for this prestigious awards program.
Columbia is the most-represented institution among this year's recipients. Total 2004 awards to Columbia through this program amount to approximately $440,000.
The team of Sheila M. Rothman, Ph.D., deputy director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine and professor of sociomedical science at the Mailman School of Public Health, and David J. Rothman, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine and Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, will receive RWJF funding to explore the policy ramifications of kidney donations from living donors, a relatively new phenomenon in the field of kidney transplantation.
Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., Angelica Berrie-Arnold P. Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Sociomedical Science at Columbia University Medical Center, will examine 16 high-profile medical cases, looking specifically at how they have helped shape public debate over critical health issues and ultimately how they have had an impact on health policy-making.