Kevin Nead Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

GAINESVILLE, Florida, February 14. FORMER two-time Florida All-American swimmer Kevin Nead (Ithaca, N.Y.) has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, the University of Cambridge announced Thursday. Nead was one of 30 students selected out of an intense competition featuring over 800 U.S. applicants.

Nead, who became the first Gator male student-athlete to ever be named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice (2007 and 2008), completed his undergraduate degree at UF before attending medical school at Stanford University. On top of his 400 IM All-American honors at the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Championships, Nead was also a four-time All-SEC honoree and a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

This fall, Nead will travel to Cambridge to use his study of epidemiology to recognize hereditary and organic risk factors in cardiovascular disease in order to improve doctor's capability of predicting individual disease threats, reactions to treatment, and disease results while spotting novel pharmaceutical targets.

The scholarship program was set up in 2000 and funded by a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates (pictured at the 2009 Cambridge Honorary Degree Congregation).

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