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REGINA TRIPLETT '10

Profiles written and edited by Andrew Wickenden ā€™09 and Ronny Frishman Pā€™00.

Current Position
Medical Resident in Child Neurology, St. Louis Children’s Hospital; St. Louis, Mo.

2009 Salisbury Summer International Internship
The University of Geneva Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland

Graduate work
M.D. and M.S. in Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh

“I discovered my passion for and commitment to clinical research while interning at the University of Geneva,” says Regina Triplett ’10. “The Salisbury Internship profoundly influenced my career trajectory by exposing me to a large laboratory group with neuroscientists all researching issues affecting patients in real-time.”

During her summer at the Switzerland university, Triplett worked with a research group in the Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition Laboratory. She assisted in neurological research using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fMRI, a noninvasive brain-mapping technology that uses elevated blood oxygen levels to pinpoint specific regions in the brain. She conducted the brain scans and analyzed the images, which allowed the team to better understand how to treat common limitations associated with stroke patients.

“On a personal level,” she adds, “the challenge of navigating a new region and communicating almost exclusively in French was a new opportunity for me. It was a critical step in my development, as I was able to more fully understand the many barriers that often stand between people.”

With the experience and knowledge she cultivated during the Salisbury Internship Award, Triplett went on to conduct clinical neuroscience research at the University of Rochester for her undergraduate Honors thesis, “which led to my acceptance into the Clinical Scientist Training Program (and more clinical neuroscience research) at the University of Pittsburgh,” she says.

As a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, Triplett also earned a masters in Clinical Research, with her research earning funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Child Neurology Society. In 2015, she was presented with the Michael J. Painter Award for Excellence in Child Neurology.

Since earning her degrees from Pittsburgh in 2015, Triplett has started her medical residency in a combined Child Neurology program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, part of Washington University in St. Louis, a major center for clinical neuroscience research. There, she is training as a pediatrics resident for two years, followed by further training in neurology for three more years. At the end of this combined training program, Triplett will be board-certified in pediatrics and neurology and able to practice independently, though she anticipates returning to research and clinical training.

 

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