Brian Andonian, MD was recently awarded the Rheumatology Fellows Excellence in Research Award. He is the inaugural winner for the award which is voted on by Duke faculty and given to the one fellow who most exemplifies outstanding research in the division.
Working with DMPI faculty member Kim Huffman, MD, PhD, Brian’s research involves studying the effects of exercise on immune cell and skeletal muscle metabolism and function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For his fellow research project, he found that exercise-induced improvements in RA cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with improvements in CD4+ T cell and skeletal muscle mitochondrial oxidative metabolism.
Congratulations Brian - we look forward to more exciting research from you!