UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Program

Training of investigators who will make a career of innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research is a top priority of the the UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Program which combines coursework, seminars, and mentored research.

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2012 K12 Scholar Awardee

Dr. David McManus is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director, Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, UMMS.  His research project will focus on, "Atrial Remodeling and Fibrillation: Understanding Mechanisms Using MicroRNA".

Dr. McManus is co-mentored by John F. Keaney, MD, FACC, FAHA, Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Professor of Medicine, UMMS. 

2010 K12 Scholar Awardees

Rt: Dr. Heena SantryA “friend-to-friend” electronic message system to encourage colorectal cancer screening and the development of a “risk adjustment score” that considers psychosocial, and geographic factors impacting non-trauma emergency surgery outcomes are the research topics to be investigated by the two new UMCCTS Clinical Research (K12) Scholars, chosen in a pilot program of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Sarah L. Cutrona, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine and Heena P. Santry, MD, an assistant professor of surgery, have been named recipients of the 2010 UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Awards. Launched in 2008, this program combines coursework, seminars, and mentored research, and provides 3-5 years of financial support and training for investigators committed to careers in innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research. Read more



2009 K12 Scholar Awardee

Dr. Jeff Bailey is a graduate of St. Olaf College (Biology) and holds an MD and PhD (Genetics)from Case Western Reserve, where he completed a residency in Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine.  He joined the UMMS Department of Medicine and Program in Bioinformatics in 2009.

Dr. Bailey is co-mentored by Zhiping Weng, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and Douglas Golenbock, MD, Professor of Medicine and an expert in the field of infectious disease immunology.

2008 K12 Scholar Awardee

Dr. Wendy Marsh, completed medical school at Wayne State University and a psychiatry residency and clinical research fellowship at Stanford. She joined the UMMS faculty in 2007 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Marsh has also been accepted into the MSCI Program and began her coursework in September, 2008.

Dr. Marsh is co-mentored by Joanne Nicholson, PhD (Center for Mental Health Services Research) and Anthony Rothschild, MD (Psychiatry) and her research will focus on the impact of perimenopause on bipolar disorders in women.

2007 K12 Scholar Awardee

Dr. Olga HardyDr. Olga Hardy is a graduate of Duke University in Biomedical Engineering and holds an MD from the University of California at San Francisco. She completed a clinical and research fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the UMMS faculty in 2007 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.  The availability of institutional and departmental support for the K12 program contributed significantly to her recruitment.

Dr. Hardy is co-mentored by Richard Perugini, MD (Surgery) and Michael Czech, PhD (Program in Molecular Medicine) and her research focuses on systemic and adipose inflammation in insulin resistant or insulin sensitive obese human subjects.

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