Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP)

The Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) is a multidisciplinary career development award designed to prepare individuals with a PhD in a biomedical science or social science discipline for independent careers in translational research. The program invites a broad array of scientists from many disciplines to apply. It also invites applicants interested in several specific areas of research training including organogenesis, injury prevention and metabalomics.  View the 2014 PTSP cohort.

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Overview

The PTSP is tailored to the individual's research training needs, but includes the opportunity to pursue a variety of educational offerings such as a clinical immersion experience and didactic course work in regulation sciences, research ethics, biostatistics and/or specialty electives related to the person’s field of interest. Scholars are required to complete a translational research project. All scholars have a cross-disciplinary mentoring team to assist them with their career development and the research project. Award funding can be used to support the individual's salary, course work, and/or research activities. Postdoctoral Translational Scholars will be expected to commit 50-75% of full time effort to the program. Scholars can apply to the general PTSP and to any of the three theme based programs, if they choose: U-M Injury Center, Metabolomics Program, and Organogenesis.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals with a PhD who are interested in obtaining additional training in translational sciences
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Program provides trainees with a $100,000 career development award
  • Funding can be utilized over 2-3 years
  • The program runs June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016

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The application deadline is March 3.

The MICHR Scholars portal is a website for junior investigators currently funded by MICHR Education.  Scholars please click LOGIN on the left side of the page to enter.

Theme-based PTSP programs:

The Organogenesis PTSP program supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic science research background to translational organogenesis. Other requirements are 1) engage in the Center for Organogenesis; 2) participate in an interdisciplinary working group of two or more labs focused on organ-specific research; and 3) interact with one of the UMHS Destination Programs or similar clinical programs aligned along an organ system theme.

The Metabolomics  PTSP supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic research background to the emerging area of metabolomics in clinical or translational research. Potential areas of study include: interventional or epidemiological studies in human nutrition; human disease biomarker discovery; elucidation of metabolic pathways in human tissues in vitro or transplanted ectopically and evaluation of metabolism in response to disease, nutrients, drugs, environmental toxins or ionizing radiation.

The U-M Injury Center PTSP supports Ph.D. scholars trained in the fields of social science, public health, engineering, basic science, or computational science who are interested in conducting and translating injury research into practice and policy to reduce the burden of injury. Research on intentional and unintentional injury prevention and control will be supported. Potential areas of study include: transportation safety , substance abuse including prescription drug misuse and overdose, traumatic brain injury/ concussion/ or violence, such as child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, youth violence, community violence, or suicide. The relationship of injury to other public health issues, such as disparities, gender issues, health, race/ethnicity/culture, maternal/child health, mental health, and risk behavior, is also of interest.

     

"Through directed coursework and clinical activities, the PTSP has helped me discover important ways in which I can apply my research, and how to implement translational research projects."

-David Hsu, PhD

Our 2014 PTSP Cohort:



Aqeel Ahmed, PhD (Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy) will study the use of computational biology to repurpose existing drugs using the Binding MOAD (Mother Of All databases) dataset of protein-ligand complexes. If we can find new uses for existing drugs, we can bring new treatments to patients. These treatments can be developed much more quickly and with much less expense than traditional drug development. Mentors: Heather Carlson (Medicinal Chemistry) and Kathleen Stringer and Mike Dorsch (both of the College of Pharmacy).
Elise Demitrack  

Emily Gardinier, PhD (Movement Science, Kinesiology) will study walking performance and knee loads, using a powered ankle-foot prosthesis. The results of this study will give health professionals and patients information about the ability of a new, powered ankle-foot prosthesis to improve walking performance and reduce loading in their non-amputated knee, which may reduce the risk for knee osteoarthritis later in life. Mentors: Deanna Gates (Kinesiology) and Brian Kelly (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).
Michele Gornick  

Yasamin Kusunoki, PhD (Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center/Population Studies Center) will study the dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV) within young women’s intimate relationships and the extent to which IPV influences their contraceptive behaviors. The study will provide a more nuanced understanding of a highly prevalent yet still poorly understood issue and inform prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies aimed at reducing IPV and reproductive health disparities among young people. Mentors: Marc Zimmerman (Health Behavior Health Education, School of Public Health) and Vanessa Dalton (OBGYN, School of Medicine).**

Jiajia Luo, MSE, PhD (Mechanical Engineering) will study the development of an ultra-flexible disposable sensor array to simultaneously measure urethral closure pressure and striated sphincter muscle electromyography. This project seeks to design the next generation ultra-flexible multi-point measurement device to accurately measure static and dynamic urethral and sphincter behavior free of artifacts. The goal is to provide patient specific recommendations for treatment and to guide prevention strategies to address injury mechanisms, for this priority women’s health issue. Mentors: James Ashton-Miller (Mechanical Engineering) and John DeLancey (OBGYN, School of Medicine).

Elizabeth Austic, PhD MSW MSI (Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Injury Center) will evaluate a preventive intervention designed to reduce injury by promoting safe use, storage, and disposal of stimulant medication among adolescents with ADHD. The study will explore the ABCD, an original, innovative preventive intervention that uses medication agreements and text messages to prevent medical misuse, diversion and improper disposal of stimulant medication, as well as injuries secondary to these behaviors. Mentors: Maureen Walton (Psychiatry, School of Medicine) and Carol Boyd (School of Nursing).
Robert Nidetz  

Gautam Rajpal, PhD (Neurology, School of Medicine) will study the identification of FDA approved drugs to treat SCA3. No treatment currently exists for SCA3, a neurodegenerative disease, and drug companies are not researching the disease due to its rarity and complexity. Academic research provides the only hope in finding a treatment. This research is the first attempt by any lab to use FDA approved drugs target the disease-causing protein. Mentors: Henry Paulson (Neurology) and Nouri Neamati (Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy).
Kelli Sas  
Anna Seekatz  
Michael Taveirne  
Jessica Werner  

*Organogenesis PTSP
** Injury Center PTSP
*** Metabalomics PTSP


 

Questions?

Call or email:

Shannon Marshall-Wilhelm
Admissions Coordinator
734.763.1711, MICHR-EDU@umich.edu  

Program Director
Beth Moore, PhD (Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Microbiology and Immunology)

Program Administrator
Lise Anderson, MPH
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone: 734-998-7212
Fax: 734-998-7228

 

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