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College/School Diversity of 2018 KL2 Scholars

Five diverse scholars join CTSI’s signature research career development program

CTSI is pleased to welcome five new Scholars into its KL2 Scholar Career Development Program, a three-year NIH Institutional Career Development Award program for University of Minnesota Assistant Professors conducting clinical or translational research.

The program aims to develop the next generation of high impact translational researchers and future institutional leaders. The program provides junior investigators with protected time, research funds and salary support, and a structured training and career development program with a mentored, multidisciplinary clinical and translational research emphasis.

“The 2018 cohort is diverse not only in population and disciplines represented but also spans the full spectrum of clinical and translational research at the University of Minnesota and even extends to other health systems,” said Dr. David Ingbar, Director of CTSI’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development core. “We look forward to building the health research pipeline by providing this next cohort with the skills necessary for successful clinical and translational science careers.”

Congratulations to the five new Scholars!

Cristina ‘Sophia’ Albott, MD, MA
Department of Psychiatry, Medical School
Mentors: Kelvin Lim, Shmuel Lissek, Kathryn Cullen, Paul Thuras
Characterization of Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder Utilizing Ketamine as an Experimental Medicine Probe

Anne Bantle, MD
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Medical School
Mentors: Lisa Chow, Elizabeth Seaquist, Dan Knights, Lynn Eberly
A weight neutral, high protein, low biologically available glucose diet for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Steven Friedenberg, DVM, PhD
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Mentors: Marc Jenkins, Jaime Modiano, Kristin Hogquist, Aaron Rendahl
Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Addison's Disease in a Novel Canine Model System

Sandra Safo, PhD, MSc
Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Mentors: James Neaton, Jason Baker, Daniel Duprez
Integrative Omics Methods to Assess Genomic and Metabolic Influences on Subclinical CVD in HIV-Infected Men and Women

Katherine Vickery, MD, MSc
Department of Medicine, Medical School, and Hennepin Health
Mentors: Andrew Busch, Mark Linzer, John Connett
Medication support for people with diabetes experiencing homelessness

They join existing KL2 Scholars Andrew Grande, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, and Allyson Hart, MD, MS, Department of Medicine. More than 30 KL2 Scholars have previously participated in this research career development program since 2011.

CTSI’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development core administers seven Scholar research career development programs and provides training and education to advance researchers through the career development pipeline, from the undergraduate experience to an independent research career.

Learn more about CTSI career development opportunities, courses, and training programs for clinical and translational research teams.