Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

 

Clinical and Translational Research Support for Pre-doctoral Students


The CCTS REACH Program provides support for selected PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers through the Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Program. REACH also supports pre-doctoral clinical and translational research through opportunities offered by the TL1 Program and the Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research (TR) Program.

Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Program


Admission

Program Structure

The CCTS PECTS Program is NOT currently accepting applications from PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers.

Goals of the PECTS Program

The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science invites applications for the Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Program. The Program will support, beginning in Spring 2014, the dissertation research of selected PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers. PECTS awards can support trainees in a wide variety of life science PhD programs, depending upon funding availability, corresponding to the many academic disciplines that contribution to clinical and translational investigation. PECTS fellows will become part of a clinical and translational science community through a core curriculum, mentorship, collaboration, seminars, and workshops outside of their separate degree programs.

As a PECTS Fellow, individuals in general will be provided with one year of stipend support, plus two years of $1000/yr for trainee-related expenses and $1000/yr for meeting expense/travel. PECTS Fellows will be expected to devote full time to their research during the period of support.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Larry Tobacman at LST@uic.edu, or Jack Zwanziger at jzwanzig@uic.edu.

CCTS NIH TL1 Fellowship


Admission

Program Structure

We are currently accepting applications for the CCTS NIH TL1 Fellowship. Applications are due February 20, 2014 and we expect to announce the selection by March 14, 2014. Download the RFA and the Application Form to apply.


Goals of the CCTS NIH TL1 Fellowship

The program supports selected PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers. TL1 awards can support trainees in a wide variety of life science PhD programs across campus corresponding to the many academic disciplines that contribute to clinical and translational investigation. TL1 Fellows will become part of a clinical and translational science community through completion of a core curriculum, joint events, seminars, and workshops outside of their separate degree programs.

As NIH TL1 Fellows, individuals will be provided with one-year of stipend support at the NIH Ruth Kirschstein NRSA level (currently $22,032 annually), plus up to $5200 for trainee-related expenses and for travel to the annual National CTSA pre-doctoral meeting. A second year of support will be dependent upon available funds. NIH TL1 Fellows will be expected to devote full time to their research during the period of support.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Jack Zwanziger at jzwanzig@uic.edu, or Larry Tobacman at LST@uic.edu.

Currently Supported TL1 Fellows

2013 TL1 Fellows

Brian Burmeister, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pharmacology.
Research: Cardiac activity of the phosphatase Shp2: role in regulating protein kinase D1 (PKD1) under normal and pathological conditions leading to heart failure.

Allen Ye, MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Department of Bioengineering.
Research: Elucidating brain morphology and neural networks via fractional diffusion MRI and graph theory

Jason Buhrman, MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences.
Research: Using the gluthathione s-transferase/glutathione interaction as a protein anchor in controlled-release delivery systems.

2012 TL1 Fellow

Cody Rutledge, MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine.
Research: Src Regulation of Cx43 Expression in Ischemic Heart Disease


Previously Supported TL1/PECTS Fellows

2011 TL1 Fellows

Jackson Cone, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology (LAS) in the Neuroscience Program.
Research: Effects of gherlin on dopamine evoked by food and food-predictive cues.

Phillip Baker, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology (LAS) in the Neuroscience Program.
Research: Prefrontal cortex-basal ganglia contributions to cognitive flexibility.

Sarah Berth, Dean's Scholar, and MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program, completing graduate study in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Neuroscience Program.
Research: Intra-axonal regulation of fast axonal transport by the HIV glycoprotein gp120.

2010 TL1 Fellow

Ina Han, MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program, completing graduate study in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Neuroscience Program, remained supported through 2012. Research: The role of the JNK kinase pathway in Huntington's Disease pathogenesis.

2008-2010 TL1/PECTS Fellows

Danyelle Martin, Department of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, received a one-year extension of her fellowship through August 2011. She successfully defended her PhD dissertation in April of 2012.

Yalda Afshar, in the COM Medical Scientist Training Program, graduated with her MD and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics in May 2012. She was the recipient of the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award, as well as the Jay G. Hirsch and William A. Tito Memorial Award. Her research was awarded the Ervin G. Erdös, MD, and Sara F. Rabito Erdös, MD Prize.

The CCTS PECTS/TL1 Fellows are supported in completing their dissertation research under the mentorship of successful clinical and translational researchers at UIC.

Supplemental Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research (TR) Program

Admission

Program Structure

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) offers the CCTS Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Program to partially support the stipends of basic biomedical PhD candidates who are preparing for careers as translational researchers. Awards will support trainees whose graduate research is poised to move towards a more clinical or translational focus. These awards are specifically designed for those students who are funded by a NIH training grant (T32) or individual NRSA (F30/F31) mechanism that does not provide their entire departmental or program stipend. Pre-doctoral students with funding from any external agency are encouraged to apply with the understanding that students funded by NIH NRSAs or T32s are given preference.

Students who are awarded CCTS Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research will be provided up to two years of partial stipend support equivalent to the differential between their NIH funded stipend and their department/program stipend. Trainees will be expected to devote full time to their research during the period of support.

Applications for the REACH Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Program is NOT currently accepting applications.

The 2013 Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Awardees
Ruby Fernandez, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pharmacology (COM)
Megan Rexius, PhD Candidate in the Department of Bioengineering (COE)
Brian Burmeister, PhD Candidate in the Department of Pharmacology (COM)

The 2012 Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Awardees
Lila Gollogly Glotfelty, MD/PhD Candidate in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology (COM)
Jonathan Waxman, MD/PhD Candidate in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (LAS)

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