ICRE News 2019

November 15, 2019

ICRE KL2 Scholar Receives $30,000 Award at the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh®)

KL2 Scholar and Assistant Professor of Medicine Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD, and her team won an award at the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh®) for their mobile health platform called 42Days. The platform identifies maternal mortality risk at a time when women need it most—in the 42 days following pregnancy—and provides real-time intervention delivery and connection to care.

October 7, 2019

PhD in CTS Alum Receives a Beeson Career Development Award

Zachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington, recently received a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) from the National Institute of Aging. In this 3-year study, Dr. Marcum will examine the association between long-term antihypertensive use and brain health, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

September 30, 2019

Former PCOR K12 Scholar Receives VA Funding for an Implementation Science Project to Improve the Quality of Cirrhosis Care

Shari Rogal, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medicine, John J. Fung Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery and former PCOR Scholar, recently received funding through the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative for her proposal titled "Using data-driven implementation strategies to improve the quality of cirrhosis care."

September 9, 2019

CEED Scholar Receives VA Funding for Study on Racial Disparities in Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and current CEED Scholar, recently received funding through the VA’s Competitive Career Development Fund for his proposal entitled "The Race, Ethnicity, and Anticoagulant CHoice in Atrial Fibrillation (REACH-AF)."

September 4, 2019

New Teaching Faculty Member Joins the Institute for Clinical Research Education

We are very happy to announce that the ICRE has added another superb teaching faculty member to our ranks. Gretchen White, PhD, has 10 years of experience conducting epidemiological research along with teaching and mentoring experience gained throughout her training and the early part of her career.

August 29, 2019

Leadership Changes at the Institute for Clinical Research Education

The Institute for Clinical Research Education is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the leadership team. Get to know our new leaders!

August 16, 2019

PCOR K12 Alum Dr. Kristin Ray Collaborates with Colleague to Tackle the "Baby Penalty"

ICRE alum and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Kristin Ray, MD, MS, joined colleague Jacqueline Burgette, DMD, PhD, in addressing the challenge faced by many parents—particularly women—in academia: the "baby penalty," or the concept that having and caring for a child can limit the career trajectories of working parents.

August 8, 2019

ICRE Alum Dr. Thomas R. Radomski Receives K23 Award

Thomas R. Radomski, MD, MS, alumnus of the ICRE’s KL2 and MS in Clinical Research programs, recently received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute on Aging.

August 1, 2019

PhD in CTS Student Successfully Defends Dissertation

PhD in Clinical and Translational Science student Colleen Judge-Golden successfully defended her dissertation on July 24. Her dissertation is entitled “Patient-, Provider- and System-Level Factors Impacting Contraceptive Access and Use.”

July 26, 2019

The ICRE Welcomes Its Summer Cohort

The ICRE welcomed 90 trainees into its various degree and training programs this summer. The newest cohort has members from 15 different University departments and includes trainees ranging from medical students to University faculty members.

July 9, 2019

Colleen Judge-Golden’s Research Featured on NPR/WESA

Colleen Judge-Golden, a trainee in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh and a doctoral student in the PhD in Clinical and Translational Science Program here at the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), was interviewed by Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station WESA regarding her recently published research on how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs dispenses oral contraceptives.

June 11, 2019

Dr. Doris Rubio Receives NIH Funding to Conduct a Multi-Institutional Trial

Doris Rubio, PhD, Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, has received funding from the NIH to conduct a multi-institutional trial that will test the effectiveness of a career enhancement intervention for underrepresented minorities.

June 10, 2019

Dr. Judy Chang’s Research Featured on Local TV News Segment

Judy C. Chang, MD, MPH, was featured in a May 8 segment on local NBC-affiliate WPXI for her research examining marijuana use in expectant mothers. Dr. Chang, an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and the Department of Medicine, and the Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research and Director of the Clinical Scientist Training...

May 29, 2019

2019 Institute for Clinical Research Education Commencement Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 21, the ICRE held its annual commencement ceremony, which this year recognized the 92 graduates from our various degree and training programs. It was a well-attended event with many friends and family members in attendance. In addition to celebrating the outstanding graduates, the ICRE also recognized members of our faculty with various awards.

May 22, 2019

ICRE KL2 Scholar Invited to the Inaugural National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leaders Forum

Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD, a current KL2 Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, was recently invited to participate in the first-ever National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Emerging Leaders Forum, which will be held in Washington, D.C., this summer!

May 21, 2019

ICRE Director Doris Rubio to be Named Assistant Vice Chancellor

Following on from her transition to the position of Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), which became effective on February 1, Doris Rubio, PhD, is now taking on another important role in the Schools of the Health Sciences (SHS).

April 30, 2019

ICRE Alumnus Awarded PCORI Funding for the Largest-Ever Behavioral Trial in Sickle Cell Disease

Charles Jonassaint, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and former CEED and PCOR K12 Scholar, received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for his latest project, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Real-Time Pain-Management Intervention for Sickle cell via Mobile Applications (CaRISMA).

April 29, 2019

ICRE Staff Member and ICRE Alums’ Study Published in Journal of Adolescent Health

Chelsea Proulx, MPH, Evaluation Project Coordinator at the Institute for Clinical Research Education, recently had her thesis research on the associations of LGBTQ-inclusive sex education with mental health outcomes and school-based victimization in U.S. high schools published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

April 17, 2019

Professor of Biostatistics and KL2 Alum Receives the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Training the next generation of professional scholars is a vital part of the academic mission of the University of Pittsburgh. Fundamental to the success of the enterprise are the faculty members who serve as mentors to our graduate students.

April 12, 2019

ICRE Faculty Member Dr. Leslie Hausmann Becomes a Certified NRMN Facilitator

Leslie R. M. Hausmann, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical & Translational Science, was recently certified as a facilitator in the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Dr. Hausmann is a skilled, committed mentor trainer who has led several research mentor training workshops at the University of Pittsburgh.

April 12, 2019

Inaugural Wishwa N. Kapoor Grand Rounds

On April 1, the Institute for Clinical Research Education presented the inaugural Wishwa N. Kapoor Grand Rounds. The topic of this event, “Lessons from Successful Leaders,” was delivered by a panel of dynamic School of Medicine leaders including Ann Thompson, MD, MCCM, Bob Arnold, MD, Jeanette South-Paul, MD, and Mark Gladwin, MD.

MARCH 19, 2019

CEED II Program Director to Receive the SGIM Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, was recently named the winner of the 2019 SGIM Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award. Dr. Borrero directs the Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation and the ICRE’s Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program for Medical Students.

MARCH 7, 2019

Medical Education Trainees Recognized at Annual UPMC GME Conference

Two ICRE Medical Education trainees were given awards for their presentations at the 18th UPMC Graduate Medical Education Leadership Conference, held on February 22, 2019. This annual conference is dedicated to recognizing and supporting innovations in graduate medical education.

MARCH 6, 2019

KL2 Alumna Recently Publishes Integration of Medical and Dental Patient Data Book

Thankam Thyvalikakath, MDS, MS, DMD, PhD, an alumna (’09) of our CTS Scholars Program (KL2) and Associate Professor of Dental Informatics/Restorative Dentistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, recently coedited the 2nd edition of Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data.

MARCH 4, 2019

ICRE Alumna Named Pitt Cyber Affiliate Scholar

Dr. Ana Radovic, a graduate of multiple ICRE programs including the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program (2013) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Scholars Program (2017), was recently named an affiliate scholar in Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.

MARCH 4, 2019

Two ICRE Trainees’ Healthcare AI Startups Featured in Made in Pittsburgh

With the tech industry growing in Pittsburgh, many new companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to address various challenges in healthcare. At the Institute for Clinical Research Education, several programs have expanded to include training and support for clinical scientists with an interest in innovation and commercialization.

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Dr. Doris Rubio Named Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education

Doris Rubio, PhD, became the new director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) on February 1, 2019. Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, who founded and led the ICRE for over a dozen years, will move into the position of ICRE director of strategic planning.

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

ICRE Medical Education Master of Science Alumna, Dr. Eloho Ufomata, named Outstanding Early Career Educator Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Eloho Ufomata for being chosen as the 2018 winner of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Outstanding Early Career Educator Award.

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

DGIM and ICRE Faculty Member, Dr. Dio Kavalieratos, named Early Career Investigator Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Dio Kavalieratos, the first PhD to win the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Early Career Investigator Award. He is recognized for his work "to create systems, based on scientific evidence, that make palliative care an assumed part of everyone’s health care."

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

ICRE features mentors during National Mentoring Month

Mentoring is the key to helping trainees successfully navigate their individual career path. Effective mentoring can be the difference between reaching independence and missing the mark.

JANUARY 10, 2019

A Better Quality of Life for Those with Mild Cognitive Impairment: KL2 Alum’s Research Featured

Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, MS, OTR/L, is designing rehabilitation strategies and interventions for those with mild cognitive impairment, the stage between healthy cognitive aging and dementia.

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