(WASHINGTON)--The American Society of Hematology (ASH) today announced the names of the 21 hematology and hematology/oncology fellows and junior faculty selected to participate in the 11th annual ASH Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI). This unique education and mentorship program, offered to hematology and hematology/oncology fellows in their second or third years of fellowship as well as junior faculty through their third year after fellowship completion at academic medical centers in the United States and Canada, is designed to prepare trainees for careers in patient-oriented clinical research.
The multifaceted, year-long CRTI program begins with a week-long summer workshop in August in La Jolla, California, that focuses on the foundation, methodologies, and applications of clinical research. The intensive workshop includes lectures and small-group discussions on topics such as the definition of a research question, methods of observational epidemiology and clinical trial design, strategies for securing research funding, and regulatory rules governing clinical trials. During the evenings, participants enjoy informal presentations from leaders in clinical hematology research who reflect on their successful careers and provide pragmatic advice to those entering the field.
In addition to their coursework, participants are matched with workshop faculty mentors and divided into small groups where they have the opportunity to refine their individual research proposals based on critiques and feedback. Armed with supportive peer networks, mentors from both the program and their home institutions, and extensive training in the methodology of conducting rigorous patient-oriented clinical research, CRTI participants continue to develop and pursue their research projects throughout the year.
Following completion of the summer workshop, the 2013 ASH CRTI class reconvenes in December at the ASH annual meeting as well as in the spring at a meeting at ASH Headquarters in Washington, DC.
“From the customized instruction and personalized mentoring offered through the ASH CRTI program to the vast opportunities graduates have to develop lasting professional networks, this unique program truly puts graduates on the fast track for exciting careers in clinical research,” said ASH President Janis L. Abkowitz, MD, of the University of Washington. “We look forward to seeing the rich contributions these talented early-career hematologists will make to the field both now and in the years to come.”
The 2013 ASH Clinical Research Training Institute participants are:
- Erin T. Alexander, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Nitya Bakshi, MBBS, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD, BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
- Catherine H. Boston, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
- Carla Casulo, MD, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Rochester, NY
- Susan E. Creary, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
- Jacqueline S. Garcia, MD, Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford, CA
- Betty K. Hamilton, MD, Cleveland Clinic Tausig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH
- Sabine Kayser, MD, University Hospital of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
- Benjamin Kim, MD, University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
- Manoj P. Menon, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Oreofe Odejide, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
- Oluwatoyosi A. Onwuemene, MD, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Allison Paroskie, MD, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville, TN
- Naveen Pemmaraju, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
- Mammen M. Puliyel, MBBS, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Danielle M. Townsley, MD, MSc, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
- Tzu-Fei Wang, MD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
- Alissa A. Weber, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Julie A. Wolfson, MD, MS, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- Ayesha N. Zia, MD, University of Texas, Southwestern, Dallas, TX
To arrange an interview with a CRTI participant, please contact Kaitlin Bressler at 202-552-4925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.
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