Medical student receives fellowship to study degenerative arthritis

Joanna Kim
Washington University medical student Dongyeon “Joanna” Kim (center) stands with (from left) Morton E. Smith, MD, and Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD. (Photo: Matt Miller/School of Medicine)

Dongyeon “Joanna” Kim, a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is one of 50 recipients of a $5,000 summer research fellowship from the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.

The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship Award supports Kim’s research on osteoarthritis, a common, degenerative joint disease that afflicts tens of millions of adults nationwide.

The chronic and often painful condition can occur in any joint; however, it most often affects joints in the knees, fingers, toes, hips, lower back and neck. Currently, no targeted treatments exist. Read more on the School of Medicine site.

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