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NIH selects former East Prairie resident for Texas Scholar Program

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Ron Hall
AMARILLO, Texas - Ronald G. Hall II, Pharm.D., BCPS, an assistant professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, was recently selected by the National Institutes of Health to be one of 14 clinical scholars working at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Hall, a 1994 graduate of East Prairie, Mo., High School in 1994, is the son of Ronald and Shirley Hall of East Prairie. His grandparents are Gene and Dorothy Hall, and James and Dora Hogue of East Prairie.

The NIH clinical scholars program is administered by the Department of Clinical Sciences at UTSW Medical Center and requires a 75 percent time commitment by the clinician. It is designed to help the NIH cultivate independent clinical researchers who are capable of becoming the next generation of leaders in patient-oriented research.

The three-year program involves rigorous coursework and requires the scholar to serve as an apprentice to ongoing research projects while simultaneously conducting his/her own independent research project. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a master's degree in clinical sciences.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the School of Pharmacy and myself as I will have the opportunity to network and learn from some of the great clinical research minds in the nation," Hall said. "I am very excited about not only what I can gain from the Clinical Scholars program for my own research, but also how I will gain the skills to be able to help mentor my colleagues as they strive to become more active as clinical researchers and foster training of professional students as well as postgraduate residents and fellows."

Presently Hall teaches at the TTUHSC - SOP regional campus in Dallas/Fort Worth and has a clinical practice with the infectious diseases consult service at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He also serves as director for the Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency program, a collaboration between TTUHSC - SOP and the Dallas VAMC.

His major research theme entering the NIH Clinical Scholars program is the interaction between obesity and infectious diseases. His other research interests include antimicrobial resistance and antifungal therapy.