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EdTRCD adds scholars

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The CTSI KL2 Scholars Program supports new clinical and translational research investigators through a three-year mentored training program. The Education, Training and Career Development (EdTRCD) recently announced four new recipients. Two of the scholars have joined the Program this fall and the other two will begin in March 2012. Another RFA will be released soon with a due date around December. Scholars selected during the Second RFA cycle include:
  • Tetyana Shippee, PhD - Health Policy and Management
  • Cari Clark, ScD, MPH - Medicine
  • Terrence Adam, MD, PhD -- Pharmacy Care and Health Systems (March 2012)
  • Silvia Mangia, PhD - Radiology/CMRR (March 2012)
Scholars selected during the first RFA cycle include:
  • Maneesh Bhargava, MD - Medicine
  • Samir Khariwala, MD - Otolaryngology
  • Sarah Cusick, PhD - Pediatrics
Scholars continuing on the KL2 until February 2012 from a previous K12 program include:
  • Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD - Neurosurgery
  • Jason Baker, MD, MS - Medicine - Infectious Disease
The program offers:
  • 75% salary support, up to $100,000 (inclusive of fringe benefits) for protected time for clinical/translational research career development
  • $25,000 per year for technical assistance or supplies to assist in obtaining data
  • $2,500 per year for primary mentor
  • Travel funds of $1,000 per year
Just completing our second RFA cycle the KL2 Scholar Program radiates a palpable energy. The KL2 roster is made up of outstanding junior faculty scholars from a diversity of disciplines at the AHC. The program spans the full spectrum of the clinical and translational research enterprise, including clinical health research. "We look forward to building a strong scholar community in the upcoming year," said Program Director Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS. For more information contact Michelle Lamere, MPA, EdTRCD Program coordinator.

Job announcement posted

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CTSI is seeking an executive administrative assistant to provide primary support in the Education, Training and Career Development (EdTRCD) functional area. This position would assist the EdTRCD director, coordinator and faculty leaders in their daily operations. Check out the job announcement for more information.

Staff additions and departures

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Michelle Lamere joins CTSI as the new Education, Training, and Research Career Development (EdTRCD) Coordinator working with Dr. Jas Ahluwalia. Michelle holds a Master of Public Administration with distinction from the Humphrey School and a graduate minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices. Michelle has experience with training programs as she handled daily operations for Dr. Mark Herzberg's MinnCResT T-32 training program.

Also, Front Door Coordinator Patti Hatchett accepted a new position as a Clinical Research Associate at a local medical device company. The Front Door will continue to be staffed by our administrative support team and no operational interruptions are expected.

Ahluwalia awarded grant

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Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia was recently awarded $200,000 from Pfizer Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence (GRAND) for his research proposal Factors Influencing Nondaily Cigarette Smoking and Cessation. Dr. Ahluwalia and his postdoctoral colleague, Dr. Taneisha Buchanan, will study nondaily smoking behavior and associated psychosocial influences in African Americans, Latinos, and non-Hispanic Whites.

Dr. Ahluwalia is the associate director for CTSI's Education, Training and Career Development (EdTRCD) unit and oversees the UMN Center for Health Equity. Contact John Jodzio for details.

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