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New York Medical College is a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas

Date: February 12, 2015
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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

Valhalla, N.Y. – February 12, 2015 – The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. NYMC was ranked in the specialized institution category.

Last year NYMC hosted Igor Kizub, Ph.D., from Kiev, Ukraine, as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to conduct research under the mentorship of Sachin Gupte, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology. Dr. Kizub, a senior researcher at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, became interested in Dr. Gupte’s work on the mechanisms of hypoxic pulmonary artery constriction. Both Drs. Gupte and Kizub had connected through a mutual colleague at King’s College in London who works in the area of lung physiology and pharmacology and they collaborated on “The Role of Gap Junctions in Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction Development.”

“My experience with Dr. Kizub has really embodied the true meaning of the Fulbright program. It is clear to see a mutual benefit for both of us and our countries. I expect we will continue to collaborate after the program ends,” said Dr. Gupte.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright Scholar recipients are available at: www.iie.org/cies

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach languages.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tri-state region for medical students, residents, and other health providers.

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