14 May 2013 Pilot Award and KL2 Recipients Honored at Reception
The 2013 Pilot Grant awardees and Mentored Career Development Award Program (KL2) recipient were recognized at a reception on May 9th. The reception, hosted by CTSI, brought together faculty and staff from all partner institutions, Pilot Awardees, KL2 recipients and institutional leaders. Remarks about the importance of the Pilot Award Program and overall impact of CTSI were offered by Joseph Kerschner, MD, MCW Dean and Executive Vice President. Reza Shaker, MD, Senior Associate Dean and CTSI Director provided some insight regarding the programs’ return on investment. Allen Cowley, Jr, PhD, Director of the CTSI Pilot Award Program and Theodore Kotchen, MD, Director of the CTSI KL2 Program shared information about the significance of their respective programs.
The Pilot Awards are intended to stimulate inter- and trans-disciplinary translational and clinical research within and among the CTSI partner institutions. There were 16 projects funded in 2013 that range from establishing a mechanistic and quantitative basis for utilizing two clinically approved single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) biomarkers for early detection of acute lung injury (ALI) to developing novel therapeutics for triple negative breast cancer to translating iPSCs to study genome-phenotype correlations of dystrophic cardiomyopathy.
The overall goal of the Mentored Career Development (KL2) award is to provide training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators. This year’s recipient, Arash Babaei, MD, will investigate the alteration of deglutition connectome in hemispheric stroke patients.
Congratulations to all of our awardees.