New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program

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The New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 4 years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 in research funds, and $2,000 in travel funds over two years.

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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Program overview
    • $50,000 research funds and $2,000 travel funds to be expended over 2 years
    • Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 4 years), primary mentor, and biostatistician
    • 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
    • Individualized educational and training plan
    • Application due Thursday, May 14, 2015 (12:00pm)
    • Award announced June 2015
    • Start date September 1, 2015
    • Up to two awards will be issued for this RFA
Application details

This program is not currently accepting applications. View application information from the previous cycle:

Nature and purpose

The New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program is designed to provide mentorship, oversight, and pilot funds. In addition, it is an opportunity to take courses relevant to an individual’s career development needs. For those without the relevant formal coursework, the newly created Certificate in Clinical Research equivalent or coursework in the MS in Clinical Research will be required. Funds for these courses will be provided by CTSI-Ed in addition to the $52,000 award.

This two-year program aims to place junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH K awards. This RFA will be issued every year. Success of this program will be judged by the number of scholars who go on to secure NIH K awards (including the intramural KL2) grants in the short term, and subsequently, NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term in clinical and translational research. Applications from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Current Pre-K Scholars

Anne Marie Leuck, MD
Primary mentor: Gary Dunny
Additional mentor: Wiehua Guan
Project title: The role of rifampin in treatment of left ventricular assist device driveline functions

Radha Rajasingham, MD
Primary mentor: David Boulware
Additional mentor: John Connett and Kathy Huppler-Hullsiek
Project title: Integration of Cryptococcal Antigen Screening into routine HIV care in Uganda

Erica Schorr, PhD, BSBA, RN
Primary mentor: Ruth Lindquist
Additional mentor: John Hughes
Project title: Utilizing Wearable Technology to Monitor Physical Activity and Sleep After Coronary Revascularization

Lucie Turcotte, MD
Primary mentor: Mike Verneris
Additional mentor: Xianghua Luo
Project title: The Role of the Immune System in Development of Cardiometabolic Syndrome Among Survivors of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Michael Usher, MD, PhD
Primary mentor: Anne Joseph
Additional mentor: Weihua Guan
Project title: Health Outcomes of Inter-hospital Transfers: Improving Health Care Delivery at the Local and National Level

Byron Vaughn, MD
Primary mentor: Alexander Khoruts
Additional mentor: Kyle Rudser
Project title: A Pilot Study to Characterize Bile Acid Metabolism and Dysbiosis in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Beshay Zordoky, PhD
Primary mentor: Pamala Jacobson
Additional mentor: Haitao Chu

Project title: Preclinical Model of Juvenile Doxorubicin-induced Cardiotoxicity

Former Pre-K Scholars

Naomi Duke, MD, MPH
Primary mentor: Michael Resnick
Additional mentor: Barbara McMorris
Project title: Identifying Mechanisms for Health Disparities: Exploring the Impact of Youth Survival Expectations on Future Health

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MS, PT
Primary mentor: Kelvin Lim
Additional mentor: Lei Zheng
Project title: Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Hemiparesisurrent Stimulation in Pediatric Hempiaresis

Guatam Jha, MBBS, MS
Primary mentor: Jeffrey Miller
Additional mentor: Bardinath Konety, Bevan Yueh, and Chap Le
Project title: Potentiation of Cetuximab by Tregs Depletion With Metronomic Cyclophosphamide in Metastatic Squamous Cell Cancers of Head and Neck

Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH
Primary mentor: Patricia Frazier
Additional mentor: Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Project title: Development of Online Intervention for Distressed Voice-Disordered Patients

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (current CTSI KL2 Scholar)
Primary mentor: Michael Resnick
Additional mentor: Wendy Hellerstedt
Project title: Nutritional Status and Unmet Needs among Incarcerated Women of Reproductive Age