KL2 Scholars Career Development Program

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The KL2 Scholars Career Development Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 6 years), conducting clinical or translational research. The program provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and $1,000 travel funds per year, for three years.

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Program overview
    • Available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ six years) conducting clinical or translational research
    • Provides 75% salary support (up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe), $25,000 in research funds, and $1,000 travel funds per year for three years
    • Requires a primary mentor, secondary mentor and biostatistician
    • Includes weekly (Wednesdays, 2pm) K Scholar Multidisciplinary Seminar Series with BIRCWH (Women’s Health K12), CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs, CTSI Pre-K Scholars, and Individual K awardees
    • Year 3 of financial support, (75% effort up to $100,000 inclusive of fringe, $25,000 research funds, $2,500 for primary mentor, and $1,000 travel funds), to be covered by the AHC and the Medical School Dean’s office for AHC Schools, or scholar’s home department for Schools outside of AHC
    • Up to one award will be issued for the RFA released in October 2014; award will be announced in February 2015, with a start date of March 1, 2015
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The KL2 Scholars Career Development Program is designed to develop the next generation of clinical investigators through a structured training program with a mentored, multidisciplinary clinical research emphasis. The goal is for KL2 scholars to develop successful CTS research careers with extramural funding and scholarly publications.

This three-year program aims to place junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH independent K- or R- awards. Success of this program will be judged by the number who go on to secure NIH independent K-awards and NIH R21 grants in the short term, and NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term, for clinical and translational research.

Applications from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Current KL2 Scholars

Terrence Adam, MD, PhD
Primary Mentor: Wendy St. Peter
Project title: The Clinical Significance of Clopidogrel Drug-Drug Interactions: Data Science Applied to Drug Safety

Veronika Bachanova
, MD, PhD
Primary Mentor: Jeffrey Miller
Project title: Natural Killer Cell Immunotherapy for Lymphoma

Andrew Barnes
, MD, MPH
Primary Mentor: Gerald August
Project title: Self-Regulation and Health in High-Risk Young Children

Curtis Corum
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Michael Garwood
Project title: Improved Breast MRI Utilizing SWIFT: Detection of Breast Calcifications with MRI and Correlation with Mammography

Xiufeng Li
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Gregory Metzger
Project title: Advanced Multi-Parametric MR Imaging for Renal Transplantation

Emil Lou
, MD, PhD
Primary Mentor: Melissa Geller
Project title: Novel Biomarkers of Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancers

Siobhan McMahon
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Alex Rothman
Project title: Enhancing Motivation for Physical Activity to Reduce the Risk of Falls among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Wellness Intervention

Amir Moheet
Primary Mentor: Elizabeth Seaquist
Project title: Hippocampal Metabolism and Function in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes and Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Mark Osborn
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Bruce Blazar
Project title: Next generation chimeric antigen receptor and engineered nuclease based tumor therapy

Ann Parr
, MD, PhD
Primary Mentor: Jakub Tolar
Project title: Autologous Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells for Transplantation in Spinal Cord Injury

Alexa Pragman
, MD, PhD
Primary Mentor: Chris Wendt
Project title: Evaluation of the Lung Microbiota and Inflammation in the Progression of COPD

Anna Prizment
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Timothy Church
Project title: Eosinophil biomarkers and colorectal cancer

Rebecca Shlafer
, PhD
Primary Mentor: Michael Resnick
Project title: Incarcerated Parents in Minnesota and their Minor Children

Former KL2 Scholars

Maneesh Bhargava, MD (current K to R01 Transition to Independence Scholar)
Primary Mentor: Christine Wendt
Project Title: Biosignature of Survival in Acute Lung Injury and ARDS

Cari Clark, PhD (current K to R01 Transition to Independence Scholar)
Primary Mentor: Michael Resnick
Health Disparities in Obesity: Partner Violence and its Psychosocial and Behavioral Pathways

Sarah Cusick, PhD
Primary Mentor: Chandy John
Project title: Immediate vs. Delayed Iron Therapy: Effect on Red Cell Iron Incorporation During Severe Malaria

Bernadette Gillick, PhD
Primary Mentor: Bin He
Project title: Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Hemiparesis

Samir S. Khariwala, MD
Primary Mentor: Stephen Hecht
Project title: The study of tobacco metabolism to determine the risk of developing head and neck cancer

Silvia Mangia, PhD
Primary Mentor: Elizabeth Seaquist
Project title: Characterizing Brain Structure and Function in Diabetes by Novel MRI/MRS Approaches

Tetyana Shippee, PhD
Primary Mentor:  Robert Kane
Project title: Using Facility and Resident-Level Predictors of Quality of Life in Long-Term Care to Design Successful Interventions   

Guisheng Song, PhD
Primary Mentor: Clifford Steer
Project title: The combination of miR-24-ASO and miR-30e-ASO as a therapeutic agent for both NAFLD and hyperlipidemia