Meet our New 2017 ICTR KL2 Program Scholars

July 1, ICTR welcomes four new scholars to the ICTR KL2 Program. Despite a challenging federal funding environment, ICTR is continuing its signature career development program for training and supporting junior faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are actively engaged in translational research and committed to developing an independent research program. Manish Shah and Anna Huttenlocher are directors of the ICTR Institutional Career Development Program. Shah comments,

Manish ShahThis is an exciting time as we prepare to welcome our incoming scholars to the ICTR KL2 Program. This year’s scholars continues our tradition of being able to support a top notch field of scholars interested in clinical and translational research. We remain dedicated to developing innovative training and to tailoring our program to the experiences and needs of individual scholars. We are grateful for all the generous institutional support that helped us continue our ten years of career development programming.

The ICTR KL2 Program includes career development workshops, training in core translational research competencies, protected time for research, individualized mentoring, and the opportunity to develop a professional network of peers. Three other scholars from different programs will join the four ICTR KL2 scholars in training activities specific for the incoming group. Read more.

This year’s scholars include:

Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW School of Social WorkLauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick
Mentors: Jan Greenberg & Lawrence Berger (School of Social Work)

Research: Improving health and quality of life in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in midlife and beyond by characterizing heterogeneity in profiles of health and mental health risk and adapting and piloting an intervention geared at reducing distress and improving health.

Zachary Morris

Zachary Morris, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Human Oncology
Mentors: Paul Sondel & Paul Harari (School of Medicine & Public Health)

Research: Examining the mechanisms, pre-clinical testing, and clinical translation of treatment approaches that combine radiation and molecular-targeted therapeutics to drive anti-tumor immune responses.

Nicole WernerNicole Werner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Mentors: Barbara Bowers (School of Nursing), Pascale Carayon (College of Engineering), Carey Gleason & Amy Kind (School of Medicine and Public Health)

Research: Developing a mobile technology to connect informal caregivers who are caring for a single patient with dementia with tailored information to reduce caregiver isolation, burden, depression, and stress, and prevent the need for institutionalization of the patient with dementia.

John Paul YuJohn-Paul Yu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Radiology (Neuroradiology), Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Elizabeth Meyerand, (School of Medicine & Public Health, College of Engineering ) & Vaishali Bakshi (School of Medicine & Public Health)

Research: Developing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach towards the neuroimaging of schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disease.