This week, the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) celebrated the graduation of its newest cohort of scholars who conduct innovative applied health research. During its 16th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium, 43 researchers presented their work to mentors and colleagues.
The event commenced with a welcome from Frederick J. Meyers, the director of the Research Training, Education, and Career Development (RTECD) Program at CTSC. It unfolded into three online sessions with presentations covering research on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The core themes of the event included patient-centered care, women’s health and cancer studies.
The scholars presented many innovative approaches to different health issues, such as the development of a rapid breath chemical analyzer for fast, personalized diagnostics and a novel West Nile Virus control strategy using birds. They also addressed neurological diseases and disorders, including the use of stem cell-based regenerative treatments and the development of dynamic vascular diagnostics for dementia.
The various CTSC training and career development programs
The CTSC coordinates and provides training and career development programs for scientists involved in research that advances health. The programs, managed by the RTECD team, are supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and UC Davis School of Medicine. They offer the scholars a highly engaging, interactive learning environment to network and grow.
“The culture of research career development and education is strong at UC Davis Health,” Meyers said. “The symposium, co-sponsored by the CTSC and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, features brilliant researchers who are committed to team science, serving our communities and mentorship of the next generation of trainees.”
The presenting scholars are researchers at various career stages, including graduate, medical and veterinary students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty. Through the CTSC programs, they get to engage in fruitful collaborations, peer mentoring relationships and research team science.
The scholar symposium covers the work of scholars from the following CTSC programs:
- The CTSC KL2 Program
- the Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Program
- the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) K12 Program,
- the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program
- the TL1 Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program
“The success of these scholars is a reflection of passionate mentorship by senior faculty, staff support and sustained institutional support. We could not be more proud of them,” Meyers said.