UTHealth Medical School student chosen for hematology research program

HOUSTON – (July 10, 2013) – Miguel Dario Cantu, who just completed his first year at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, has been chosen to participate in the American Society of Hematology’s 2013 Minority Medical Student Award Program.

Cantu is from San Juan, Texas and graduated from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School and the University of Texas-Pan American. He was one of just 15 students selected from the United States and Canada for the summer program, during which they have the opportunity to design and implement a hematology-related research project.

Students are paired with research and career development mentors to assist them with the execution of their projects and offer career guidance throughout medical school. Cantu is currently conducting his research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). His research mentor is Carl E. Allen, M.D., of BCM and his career development mentor is Devena Alston-Johnson, M.D. of Upstate Oncology Associates in Greenville, S.C. 

Cantu also received a $5,000 research stipend and travel allowance to attend the 55th American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting in New Orleans in December. The society (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. 

Deborah Mann Lake
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