Advocates for increased medical research funding visiting congressional members and held a rally this week in Washington, D.C. to share the importance of sustained and robust federal contributions. U-M’s own Limi Sharif, a 4th-year medical student, was onsite to champion funding for opioid-related research.

Limi Sharif is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. As a FAER MSARF recipient in the summer of 2022, she began working on opioid research with the Opioids Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN).

She completed a Master of Clinical Research through the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in 2023. Her research interests center around equitable access to healthcare in the pain and opioids space. Her current work focuses on disparities in access to perioperative healthcare and patient outcomes among individuals on long-term opioid therapy.

Additionally, she is working alongside her research mentors on the development of standardized pain management and opioid prescribing guidelines for peripartum pain management with an emphasis on patient-centeredness and health equity. 

As an aspiring anesthesiologist, Limi aims to continue integrating her future clinical work with her research interests and building towards a future with equitable access to healthcare for all patient populations.