News & Announcements: May and June 2015

News & Congratulations

CTSC KL2 Scholar, Bishoy Faltas, Receives ASCO Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to CTSC KL2 Scholar Bishoy Faltas, MD, on his award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), supported through a grant from The John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation. Bishoy’s research, “Discovering Driver Mutations and Understanding Heterogeneity in Platinum-Resistant Metastatic Urothelial Cancer,” is expected to lead to the identification of new drug treatment targets for clinical trials.

This is a prestigious award given to early-career oncologists expected to make a national impact. “I am honored to receive one of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards. In this challenging funding environment, support for young physician-scientists is needed now more than ever. I am very grateful to ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation for continuing to provide such support for me and other young investigators,” said Dr. Faltas.

Please read more here about Dr. Faltas’ work and his award.

Congratulations to the CTSC 2014-2015 Graduates

We would like to extend our congratulations to the CTSC graduates of 2014-2015! For the CTSC, it has been a privilege to see these extraordinary physician-scientists prosper as translational researchers. The following graduates were invited to attend the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences 2015 Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to accept the Cornell University Seal:

(L-R) Danielle Novetsky-Friedman, Nicole Kucine, Babak Navi, and Marianne Nellis attended the 2015 Convocation Ceremony

(L-R) CTSC graduates Danielle Novetsky-Friedman, Nicole Kucine, Babak Navi, and Marianne Nellis attended the 2015 Convocation Ceremony

  • Samantha E. Jacobs, MD
  • Nicole Kucine, MD
  • Babak Navi, MD
  • Marianne Nellis, MD
  • Danielle Novetsky-Friedman, MD
  • Megan E. Olden, PhD, MA
  • Katherine R. Van Oss, MD

CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon

Kendall Smith, MD, CTSC Associate Program Director and WCMC Rochelle Belfer Professor in Medicine, hosted the CTSC’s final Research in Progress Luncheon of the academic year, on June 5, 2015. The luncheon featured presentations by CTSC Trainees and Scholars:

  • Judith Dattaro, MD, CTSC MS Degree Candidate, presented her research on “Vitamin D Levels in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Fragility Fractures.”
  • Bishoy Faltas, MD, CTSC KL2 Scholar, presented his research on “Discovering Driver Mutations and Understanding Heterogeneity in Platinum-Resistant Metastatic Urothelial Cancer.”
  • Catherine Thomas, BS, CTSC MS Degree Candidate, presented her research on  “Adoption of Anti-Obesity Agents by Prescribers.”
During a Research in Progress Luncheon in May, Brian Fidali, a TL1 Trainee, presented his research, following an introduction by Associate Program Director Olaf Andersen, MD.

During a Research in Progress Luncheon in May, Brian Fidali, a TL1 Trainee, presented his research, following an introduction by Associate Program Director Olaf Andersen, MD.

Learn about the Drug and Device Development Process

The CTSC is sponsoring a rigorous line-up of skills acquisition workshops this June. Please consider signing up for one, or more than one, of these training events:

  • Friday, June 5, 2015: Drug Development and FDA Regulations
  • Friday, June 12, 2015: Medical Device GCP Overview
  • Friday, June 19, 2015: Investigator-Initiated Trials: Role and Responsibilities of the Investigator
  • Friday, June 26, 2015: Preparing IND Submissions

All sessions are held from 8:30am-5:00pm at the Griffis Faculty Club, 1300 York Avenue at 69th Street. Please click on this link to download the registration form. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Joy Asante at joa9086@nyp.org.

How to Write a Successful Career Development Award Proposal

The CTSC held a workshop for Career Development Award (CDA) candidates and their mentors on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Content included the following:

  • How to optimally reflect the potential of the candidate, including examples of how to ramp up competitiveness prior to writing the application and obtaining the strongest letters of recommendation.
  • Maximizing the quality of the training plan.
  • Developing and presenting the research plan.
  • How to best reflect the quality and appropriateness of the mentoring relationship, including best practices for selecting a mentor/co-mentors.
  • Conveying the excellence of the environment that the research and training will take place.
  • Reflecting institutional commitment to the candidate.

NIH Rolls out New Biosketch Format

As of May 25, 2015, researchers applying for or receiving NIH funding will be required to use the new biosketch format. NIH submissions with the old biosketch format could be delayed or not accepted.

What Changed?
The new biosketch can have up to 5 pages instead of 4. A ‘Contribution to Science’ section with narrative supported by specific publications, and an option to include a link to a researcher’s complete bibliography has been added.

Check out the Weill Cornell Library’s guide on how to update your biosketch here.

CTSC Course Director, Dr. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Recognized for Her Work

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD, CTSC Course Director and Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine and Reproductive Medicine, was honored by her alma mater, the University of South Florida, this past fall for her dedication to humanities and the liberal arts. Please click here to read more about this.

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