Dawn Comeau, PhD, MPH, research associate professor, Emory Rollins School of Public Health Department of Behavioral Science and Health Eduction, and the ACTSI Research Education program evaluator, along with ACTSI colleagues published a paper entitled, “Improving clinical and translational research training: a qualitative evaluation of the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute KL2-mentored research scholars program” in the Journal of Investigative Medicine
. The paper highlights the impact of the ACTSI KL2 program on career development of junior faculty at the ACTSI institutions.
The ACTSI Research Education Program scaled up formal mentor training for senior mentors of ACTSI-supported trainees as well as for junior faculty and ACTSI trainees in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) and Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) programs. The training workshops are based on curriculum from the National Research mentoring network (NRMN) funded by the NIH, and include training on the latest topics such as effective communication, fostering independence, equity and inclusion, and professional development. Participants reported that the training provides new approaches for promoting excellence in their trainees, new methods for handling challenging mentorship situations, and ideas on how to structure and evaluate mentoring relationships in the future. The modules can lead to time-saving and more efficient and effective relationships.
Pamela Bhatti, PhD, ACTSI Research Education former KL2 scholar and current member of the Research Education Executive Committee, partners with Georgia Tech Venture Lab to lead ACTSI investigators and trainees, as well as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention staff, through a process of customer/stakeholder discovery and business model generation. This evidence-based training methodology is guided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program and the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about NIH ICorps | NSF ICorps
Three recent graduates of the KL2 program received NIH grants as a Principal Investigator:
Lucas McKay, PhD, MSCR, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, received a K25 award for his work on neural mechanisms of balance deficits, falls, and freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease.
Cecille Delille Lahiri, MD, MSCR, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, received a K23 award for her work on defining antiretroviral pharmacology within HIV-1 reservoirs of males and females.
Elizabeth Stenger, MD, MSCR, assistant professor in the division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT-Bone Marrow of the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, received a K23 award for her work on improving haploidentical stem cell engraftment in sickle cell disease autologous mesenchymal stromal cells.
Former KL2 scholar Kisha Holden, PhD, MSc, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine, is deputy director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and is the PI of a $3M CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Award for transforming the metropolitan Atlanta communities through prevention, primary care linkages, and policy change. She also mentors a number of trainees at her research site.