Knittel, Thompson receive Clinical Scientist Development Awards

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $7.9 million in grants to 16 aspiring physician scientists, including two from the UNC School of Medicine – Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD and Peyton Thompson, MD.


The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced that its 16 budding physician-scientists have received a total of $7.9 million in 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Awards. Through the Clinical Scientist Development Awards, the foundation funds promising physician-scientists whose projects have the potential to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and facilitate their transition into independent research careers.

Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead a project titled “Justice Core: Implementing Evidence-based Substance Use Disorder Treatment Through Alternatives to Perinatal Incarceration.” Knittel is Medical Director for Incarcerated Women’s Health at the UNC School of Medicine

Peyton Thompson, MD, assistant professor of infectious diseases in the UNC’s Department of Pediatrics, will lead a project entitled “Simplifying care for hepatitis B during pregnancy through the combination of a birth-dose vaccine and tenofovir: the COMBAT HBV feasibility trial. “

“We are excited to support this group of Clinical Scientist Development Awardees, whose research projects address key questions, approaches and insights arising from their interactions with patients and the healthcare system,” said Sindy Escobar Alvarez, director of medical research at the Doris Duke Charity . “Whether improving the understanding of disease mechanisms or clarifying insights into access to care, their contributions to the biomedical field are invaluable and we look forward to following their important work.”

The 2022 recipients, who will each receive a $495,000 grant for three years, have emerged through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process and make up approximately 10% of the applicant pool. Their applications were assessed on the significance, originality and research approach of the scientific proposals and the research environment.

Read more in the newsroom of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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