News & Announcements: May-June 2014

Weill Cornell CTSC Winning Rap Video presented at the NIH Common Fund 10-Year Commemoration Symposium

The CTSC’s winning entry in the NIH Common Fund’s Video contest was shown at the June 19, 2014, 10-Year Commemoration Symposium, along with the other Top 5 videos. Each winner will receive a certificate signed by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.

Entries were received from institutions around the country, and voting was based on which videos received the most ‘likes’ on YouTube. The CTSC’s video was a team effort, featuring the rap skills of Clinical and Translational Education Program (CTEP) staff member Tim Baker and the production and performance skills of staff members from across the CTSC. The video may be viewed here.

The NIH has posted the videocast of the symposium online. A fantastic overview of the Common Fund’s history, the symposium featured an extraordinary array of speakers and researchers who shared their personal reflections on the Common Fund and its transformation of the landscape of research in the United States. Christopher P. Austen, MD, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) introduces the CTSC’s video at 05:12:00. Originated in the Common Fund, NCATS administers the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), one of which supports the CTSC.

Jennifer Downs Awarded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Initiative
Former CTSC Global Health Fellow Jennifer Downs, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, WCMC Center for Global Health, has been funded through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations initiative granted to Weill Cornell Medical College. Her project, “From Obstacles to Opportunities for Male Circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa,” aims to utilize local churches in Tanzania as a way to advertise that male circumcision lowers risk of HIV exposure. Dr. Downs has also secured an NIH grant for another project of hers, “Schistosomiasis, Mucosal Immunity, and HIV Susceptibility.” Please read more here.

Jason Baker Wins Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award
Former CTEP Advanced Certificate student Jason Baker, MD, has received the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award for his work with diabetes patients. Please read more here.

Brian Bosworth Recognized for his Contribution to the Field of Endoscopy
Anne and Ken Estabrook Clinical Scholar in Gastroenterology Brian Bosworth, MD, mentor to former CTSC Summer Fellow Dustin Boothe, and associate professor of medicine was recognized for his work in endoscopy with a fellowship from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), another fellowship from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and has been elected the 2014 president of the Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Please read more at these links.

Paraskevi Giannakakou is President-Elect in World Hellenic Biomedical Association
Paraskevi Giannakakou, PhD, CTEP mentor to MS Student Elan Diamond, and to former TL1 Trainee Marisa Carbonaro, has been selected as president-elect for four years in the World Hellenic Biomedical Association, dedicated to improving networking among Greek and Cypriot physician scientists around the world. Please read more here.

CTSC Presents “Write Winning NIH Grants”
The CTSC hosted another session of its popular “Write Winning NIH Grants” skills acquisition seminars. To accommodate demand, the one-day seminar was offered on both June 17 and June 18, 2014, in the new Belfer Building, 413 East 69th Street, room BB 302 A&B.

Attendees learned techniques for idea development; proven strategies for a successful proposal; practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal-writing process; and finding funding agencies of greatest interest. The seminar was designed for faculty and administrative staff with some experience writing grant applications. Please stay tuned for future offerings!

Symposium on Basic and Translational Training and Diversity of the Biomedical Workforce
On June 25, 2014, CTSC Program Director Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD, Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education, took part in a panel discussion of the recent NIH Physician-Scientist Working Group Report on the biomedical research workforce with The Rockefeller University Hospital Physician-in-Chief, Barry Coller, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs and David Rockefeller Professor. The Symposium took place at the Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University. The Report highlighted the challenges of building the biomedical research workforce within the existing structure and demonstrated clear differences in NIH support for researchers’ career paths depending on their degrees and training. Her comments focused on the need to improve opportunities for nurse-scientists and veterinarian-scientists, who have been historically underserved by NIH training mechanisms, to become research leaders.

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