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Ciccone (far right) in Uganda with MUST/UNC staff in front of the Kasese Health Centre.

Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, infectious diseases fellow and pediatric medicine instructor, recently won first prize in the clinical research award session of the 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The award recognizes excellence in clinical research by young investigators.

Ciccone’s winning project is “Potential use of rapid, point-of-care diagnostics to reduce antibiotic prescription rates among pediatric patients presenting with respiratory illness in southwestern Uganda.” Her presentation described the preliminary findings of a study she developed while working with Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, and his research partner Edgar Mulogo of Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Kasese, Uganda, and her mentor, Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH.

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