CTEP e-News Digest

Issue: September and October 2015

News & Congratulations

Announcing the CTSC Newest Class of Students and Awardees

The CTSC welcomed a new class of TL1 Trainees, KL2 Scholars, Master's Degree and Advanced Certificate candidates:

KL2 Scholars:
Kathryn Dupnik, MD, WCMC Instructor of Medicine
Flonza Isa, MD, WCMC Infectious Diseases Fellow
Jennie Ono, MD, WCMC Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

TL1 Trainees:
Junior Gonzales, BA, Hunter CTBR Photonics and Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Student
Ju Youn Kim, PhD, WCMC Postdoctoral Researcher in Pharmacology
Benjamin Mac Murray, BS, Cornell University, Ithaca Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student  
Alec Stranahan, BSc, WCGS Biochemistry and Structural Biology Graduate Student

Master’s Degree Candidates:
John Chapin, MD, WCMC Assistant Professor in Hematology-Oncology
Victor Nwankwo, MD, Burke Research Fellow
Matthew Wipperman, BA, MSKCC Immunology Fellow

Advanced Certificate Candidates:
Thomas Baker, MD, WCMC Infectious Diseases Fellow
Alissa Brandes, BS, WCGS Pharmacology Graduate Student
Jenna Hughes, MD, WCMC Preventive Medicine Resident
Shashi Kapadia, MD, WCMC Infectious Diseases Fellow
Jim Kim, MD, WCMC Assistant Professor in Surgery
Hae Young Lee, PhD, WCMC Pediatric Oncology Fellow
Nirupa Raghunathan, MD, MSKCC Clinical Instructor of Medicine
Whitney Reid, BS, WCMC Hematology and Oncology Data Control Coordinator
Jennie Valles, MD, Burke Neurorehabilitation Fellow

CTSC MS Candidate Recently Published in Diabetes Care and Presenting at Obesity Society Annual Meeting

Master's Degree in Clinical and Translational Investigation candidate, Catherine Thomas' research showing carbohydrates consumed after proteins and fats have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar and insulin levels of patients with type 2 diabetes than when eaten beforehand was recently published in Diabetes Care. This finding offers patients a relatively easy-to-implement dietary modification. Read more about Catherine's publication on the CTSC blog. On November 5, Catherine will present her research at the upcoming Obesity Society's annual scientific meeting.

CTSC TL1 Trainees Awarded Independent Funding

The CTSC TL1 Training Award program mission is to spark interest among pre/post-doctoral trainees in interdisciplinary Clinical and Translational (C/T) Investigation in the team research environment. We want to congratulate our two TL1 Trainees, Megan Bourassa, PhD, and Brandon Carney, BA, for achieving independent funding: 

  • Megan Bourassa, PhD, Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow, Burke Medical Research Institute, was awarded an F32 by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for her project, "Identify Short Chain Fatty Acid Based Therapeutics Optimal for Treating Neurodegeneration: Pharmacological, Nutriceutical and Nutritional Approaches."
  • Brandon Carney, BA, Chemistry Graduate Student, Hunter College, was awarded a TOW Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship by the Center for Molecular Imaging and Nanobiotechnology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.



October 3: CTSC & Animal Medical Center One Health Conference

The CTSC and the Animal Medical Center present One Health Conference, addressing a comparative approach to human and veterinary cancer care.

Featured speakers will be from Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Colorado State University, Washington State University, and the Animal Medical Center.

This event will be held in the Belfer Research Building (413 E. 69th Street), room 302-A/B/C, from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Please contact Lauren Klingler at the Animal Medical Center at lauren.klingler@amcny.org to register. 

November 4: Science of Team Science Lecture by William Trochim

CTSC Director of Evaluation and Professor of Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell, Ithaca, William Trochim, PhD, MA, will give a lecture titled, "More Than the Sum of the Parts: Introduction to the Science of Team Science," on Wednesday, November 4, from 12:30 - 2:00pm at The Griffis Faculty Club. Dr. Trochim developed the concept mapping methodology used to “map” the key research issues in the new field of team science. This seminar is designed both to introduce the research in an exciting new area of study called the Science of Team Science (SciTS) and to provide resources for students and faculty engaged in collaborative research efforts.

Please contact us to register: CTSC-Education@med.cornell.edu.

November 13: CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon

The next CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon held on Friday, November 13, will feature presentations by CTSC Trainees and Scholars:

  • Mary McCorry, MS, CTSC TL1 Award Trainee, presenting her research on, "Feasibility Study of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Co-Cultured Tissue Engineered Menisci"
  • Andrea Suarez, MD, PhD, CTSC KL2 Award Scholar, presenting her research on, "The Role of JARID1B in BRAFV600E Mutant Melanoma"
  • Jihye Yun, PhD, MS, CTSC Kl2 Award Scholar, presenting her research on, "Effects of Sugary Drinks on Gut Microbiota and Colon Cancer"

Please email CTSC-Education@med.cornell.edu to register.

CTSC eLearning Courses Available for Rolling Enrollment
The CTSC offers two online courses, free of cost, that are self-paced with rolling start dates:

Pharmacology and Drug Development
Covers the drug development process from discovery to post-marketing including:
•    How New Drugs are Discovered
•    Preclinical Studies
•    Testing Individual Drugs in Humans
•    Regulatory Review Process
•    Post-marketing Studies & Safety Surveillance

Principles of Clinical Research and Design
Introduces designing clinical research, randomized trials, epidemiological studies, health economics and outcomes research including:
•    Principles of Clinical Research and Design
•    Randomized Clinical Trials
•    Non-Interventional Studies – Epidemiology
•    Other Non-Interventional Studies

Please register here: ctsc.med.cornell.edu/eLearning.

September 29: Finding and Navigating Mentoring

On Tuesday, September 29, the CTSC hosted a workshop titled, Finding and Navigating Mentoring: How to Find an Effective Mentor, which provided insight into the process of identifying potential mentors through a combination of presentations and interactive activities. The presentation and discussion covered topics such as finding mentors outside of your institution, how to work with a mentor, how to be an effective mentee and what an effective mentor is. Attendees signed up for one-on-one consultation with the guest speakers after the presentations. Applicants to one of the CTSC Education and Training Award Programs were encouraged to attend. This workshop was held from 8:45am - 2:00pm in The Griffis Faculty Club.

Highlights from Spring/Summer 2015

CTSC New Student Orientation

This year's New Student Orientation was held on Thursday, August 6, in the Belfer Research Building (413 E. 69th Street). During the luncheon, the CTSC welcomed its newest class of students to the CTSC family. Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, the Program Director, shared the history of the Education Program, and Dr. Marshall Glesby, Director of the Clinical and Translational Resource Unit, presented on the research support services available to CTSC trainees. Lunch was served followed by a networking session with CTSC Education Program Directors, faculty, and staff.

This past spring, the Weill Cornell CTSC invited students, fellows, and faculty to participate in a new Biodesign and Creativity Course for Medical Drug and Device Design. The eight-session course, led by Akhilesh Sista, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell and Assistant Attending Radiologist of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus, gave students a systematic overview of topics such as medical device regulations, reimbursement considerations, and intellectual property, focusing on how to take a biomedical invention forward from early concept to technology translation. Please read more about the Biodesign course here.

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