CTEP e-News Digest

Issue: May - June 2014

News & Congratulations

Weill Cornell CTSC Rap a Winner in the NIH Common Fund Contest!
The NIH Common Fund has announced that the Weill Cornell CTSC’s funny, engaging entry was one of the Top Five winners in the NIH Common Fund 10-year Commemoration Video Contest.

Entries were received from institutions around the country, and voting was based on which videos received the most ‘likes’ on YouTube. The winners will be shown at the June 19, 2014 10-Year Commemoration Symposium and will receive a certificate signed by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.

The CTSC’s video was a team effort, featuring the rap skills of Clinical and Translational Education Program (CTEP) staff member Tim Baker and the production and performance skills of staff members from across the CTSC. The video may be viewed here.

Check out the NIH Common Fund’s announcement of the winners and the many other wonderful videos in the competition.


Jennifer Downs Awarded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Initiative
Former CTSC Global Health Fellow, Dr. Jennifer Downs, WCMC Center for Global Health Assistant Professor of Medicine, has been funded through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations initiative granted to Weill Cornell Medical College. Her project, “From Obstacles to Opportunities for Male Circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa,” aims to utilize local churches in Tanzania as a way to advertise that male circumcision lowers risk of HIV exposure. Dr. Downs has also secured an NIH grant for another project of hers, “Schistosomiasis, Mucosal Immunity, and HIV Susceptibility." Please read more here.


Jason Baker Wins Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award
Former CTEP Advanced Certificate student, Dr. Jason Baker, has been given the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award for his work with diabetes patients. Please read more here.


Brian Bosworth Recognized for his Contribution to the Field of Endoscopy
Anne and Ken Estabrook Clinical Scholar in Gastroenterology, Dr. Brian Bosworth, mentor to former CTSC Summer Fellow, Dustin Boothe, and associate professor of medicine was recognized for his work in endoscopy with a fellowship from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), another fellowship from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and has been elected the 2014 president of the Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Please read more at these links.


Paraskevi Giannakakou is President-Elect in World Hellenic Biomedical Association
Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou, CTEP mentor to MS Student, Elan Diamond, and to former TL1 Trainee, Marisa Carbonaro, has been selected as president-elect for four years in the World Hellenic Biomedical Association, dedicated to improving networking among Greek and Cypriot physician scientists around the world. Please read more here.


CTSC Presents, "Write Winning NIH Grants"
The CTSC will be hosting this day-long workshop on June 17th and June 18th in The Belfer Building, 413 East 69th Street, room BB 302 A&B. Registration is required, and please register for only one day. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

This one day seminar comprehensively addresses: idea development; proven strategies for a successful proposal; practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal-writing process; and finding funding agencies of greatest interest. The seminar is designed for faculty and administrative staff with some experience writing grant applications. 


Symposium on Basic and Translational Training and Diversity of the Biomedical Workforce
CTSC Program Director, Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD, Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education, will be leading this Symposium on June 25th with The Rockefeller University Hospital Physician-in-Chief, Barry Coller, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs and David Rockefeller Professor. The event will be held from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Caspary Auditorium, 1230 York Avenue (East 66th Street). Please register here and contact Jennifer Jackson with any questions.


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