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San Francisco, CA USA ( -- The New York Academy of Medicine has announced two recipients of its prestigious 2018-2019 Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship Award for Research in Urology: Russell Hayden, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine, whose research project is entitled “The Role of Long Non-coding RNAs”; and Jennifer Reifsnyder, MD, of the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Northwell Health, whose research project is entitled “Noninvasive Detection of Potential for Renal Damage in Pediatric Patients with Vesicoureteral Reflux Using Dynamic Range Ultrasonography.” 

“The Academy is deeply committed to conducting and supporting research that adds to the evidence base to improve the public’s health,” said Academy President Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS. “Through the 2018 Valentine Fellowship Awards, we are pleased to support Dr. Hayden’s and Dr. Reifsnyder’s critical research in the areas of male infertility and pediatric urology.”

Each year, The New York Academy of Medicine awards more than $400,000 in grants and fellowships to medical students, seasoned physicians, and investigators to support the advancement of health care studies. 

The Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship Award, established in 1963, offers one-year, $50,000 fellowships in support of research by individuals who have completed, or will shortly complete, residency training acceptable to the American Board of Urology, and who intend to pursue an academic research career in urology. A committee composed of experts in urology research conducts an in-depth review of the applications to select the fellowship award recipients. 

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