10 Apr Mentored Career Development Award Program (KL2) – 2012 Awardee
CTSI is pleased to announce the 2012 Mentored Career Development Award (KL2) has been given to Venkatesh Sampath, MD, MRCPCh. Dr. Sampath is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His focus of study is “Gene – Environment interactions in Bronchopulmonary dysplasia.” He will investigate the effect of innate immune dysfunction induced intrauterine PAH exposure and TLR/NLR pathway genetic variation on BPD susceptibility and severity. His long term career goal is to establish an integrated, multidisciplinary research program to investigate the role of gene-environment interactions in the pathogenesis of diseases in newborn infants. Dr. Sampath’s primary mentor is Dr. Ronald Hines, Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Co-Chief, Section of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacogenetics and Teratology. His co-mentors are Dr. Pippa Simpson, Professor, Chief, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at MCW and Dr. Howard Jacob, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pediatrics, Director, Human and Molecular Genetics Center (HGMC). His scientific advisors are Drs. Jeffrey C. Murray, University of Iowa and Ganesh G. Konduri, MCW. With this award, Dr. Sampath is now one of five KL2 awardees currently in the program.
The CTSI Mentored Career Development Award Program (KL2) provides mentored training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators. The program provides 75% protected time (up to $140,000 – including salary and fringe benefits) and up to $25,000 in research support per year for up to three years of supervised career development activities and mentored clinical and translational research. The funding for this program is provided by a grant from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin.