ICRE News 2020

December 10, 2020

ICRE Alum Dr. Tamar Krishnamurti Wins 2020 Kuno Award

Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an alum (‘20) of the Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program, recently won the 2020 Kuno Award for applied science. The Kuno Award is given by the S&R Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting talented artists and scientists involved in work for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.

October 28, 2020

ICRE Alum Dr. John Szymusiak Appointed to Leadership Roles in the Department of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics John Szymusiak, MD, MS, FAAP, was recently named the Associate Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) for the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Szymusiak joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in 2017 following completion of his Master of Science in Medical Education at the Institute for Clinical Research Education.

October 8, 2020

ICRE Alum and GIM Faculty Dr. Utibe Essien Recognized for Work in Racial and Ethnic Disparities During COVID-19

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, was selected by Business Insider as one of 30 leaders under 40 who are working to transform U.S. healthcare. Dr. Essien is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an alumnus (‘20) of the Institute for Clinical Research Education’s Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program. He is also the Director of the CEED II Program for Medical Students.

October 7, 2020

MS in Med Ed Alum Dr. Edward Wu Named Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Pennsylvania Hospital

Edward “Teddy” Wu, MD, MS, was recently named the Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

September 29, 2020

Dr. Doris Rubio Named a Finalist for 2020 ATHENA Award

The Institute for Clinical Research Education’s Director Doris Rubio, PhD, was named a finalist for the 2020 ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh recognizes exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community, and help other women and/or girls to succeed through mentorship.

September 24, 2020

KL2 Alumnus Dr. Hawre Jalal Analyzes the Rise and Fall of Overdose Deaths in the U.S.

A University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study published September 15 in the journal Addiction analyzed the minor decrease in drug overdose deaths in 2018 and how some have misinterpreted this dip in deaths as being a result of U.S. efforts to reduce the overdose epidemic.

June 10, 2020

ICRE to Recognize Class of 2020 with Virtual Celebration

Many academic programs at the University of Pittsburgh and across the country have had to forgo their traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute for Clinical Research Education also had to cancel its commencement ceremony.

April 29, 2020

CSTP Trainee’s Team Wins 2nd Place in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition

Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) trainee and 4th year medical student Stephen Canton, along with Dukens LaBaze, MD, an orthopedic surgery resident, won second place in this year’s University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition.

April 7, 2020

Clinical Research Master of Science Trainee Completes Externship in Innovation

Linda Burkett, MD, a Medical Fellow in the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Pittsburgh, recently completed an externship with TransEnterix as part of the Master of Science in Clinical Research Innovation Track.

March 24, 2020

Dr. Carla Spagnoletti Receives the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS, was named a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in early March. The Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence by members of the University of Pittsburgh’s faculty, and is accompanied by a cash prize to the faculty member and a grant to support their teaching activities.

March 16, 2020

ICRE Evaluation Project Coordinator Chelsea Proulx, MPH, Coauthors Article on the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

Institute for Clinical Research Education staff member Chelsea N. Proulx, MPH, recently coauthored an article describing the structure, competency goals, and early outcomes of the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP).

January 23, 2020

Dr. Utibe Essien Receives American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Young Investigator Seed Grant

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPHM, has been selected to receive a Young Investigator Database Seed Grant to utilize data from Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) for his research on the association of race/ethnicity and oral anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation.

January 10, 2020

PhD in CTS Trainee Named Endowed Chair at Washington University School of Medicine

Current PhD in CTS trainee Patrick White, MD, has been named the inaugural Stokes Family Endowed Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


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