October 27, 2020

The CTSC Paves the Way for Promising Medical Researchers Through KL2 Awards

Jennifer Rosenthal and Stephanie Crossen

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) serves as UC Davis’ powerhouse for translational biomedical research. Its wide range of services and resources provides essential training and infrastructure for medical researchers to develop their studies and boost their careers. One great way the CTSC supports researchers is through the KL2 Mentored Career Development program.

“The KL2 Mentored Career Development program is an excellent opportunity for our junior faculty who conduct multidisciplinary, patient-centered clinical research,” said Allison Brashear, dean of the School of Medicine. “The program helps accelerate the career development of promising scholars and puts them on track to become independent clinical investigators.”

Under the KL2 program, qualified junior faculty are mentored by senior researchers and receive two years of financial support, with a possible one-year extension through a fund from the School of Medicine.

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October 2, 2020

UC Davis CTSC KL2 Scholar Stephanie Crossen Transitions to K23 Award

Stephanie Crossen, a pediatric endocrinologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Health, will begin a four  year K23 training award funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Dr. Crossen will study several ways to leverage telehealth and connected health technology to improve care delivery and outcomes for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition with onset in childhood and requires close self-monitoring as well as frequent contact with a specialized medical team.

Pediatric endocrinologists are sparsely distributed, and patients often live several hours away from their diabetes providers. The use of telehealth and connected health technology to improve data-sharing and remote delivery of care has the potential to improve patient experiences as well as health outcomes for the growing population of youth living with type 1 diabetes.

“I see how hard they work to take care of themselves and their family, and how many hurdles they face in trying to achieve their goal. My role is to empower them with knowledge, support them with empathy and encouragement, and work hard to improve the way healthcare is delivered so that it is more accessible, equitable and effective,” said Crossen, who also shared that her clinical work and personal connections with patients and their families motivates her.

Dr. Crossen was selected to participate in the CTSC KL2 program in 2017. Her research, particularly timely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will complement state and national efforts to develop innovative telehealth programs.

In 2006, the UC Davis CTSC was one of the inaugural 12 centers established across the United States in the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). Currently, in its third 5-year award period, the CTSC is one of approximately 60 NIH-supported centers funded to facilitate and accelerate the study of human health and disease to bring new treatments to patients and communities through biomedical research.

The project described was supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through grant number UL1 TR001860 and linked award KL2 TR001859. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


October 2, 2020

UC Davis CTSC KL2 Scholar Jennifer Rosenthal Transitions to K23 Award

Jennifer Rosenthal, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, will begin a four-year K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study pediatric interfacility transfers.

Pediatric interfacility transfers are frequent but poorly studied events. Dr. Rosenthal's project, “Telemedicine Consultations to Improve Care Quality of Pediatric Hospital-to-Hospital Transfers” seeks to validate an instrument to measure family-centeredness for children in need of transfer from an Emergency Department to a higher level of care. The project will evaluate the feasibility and potential impact of telemedicine versus telephone communication with these transfers.

Dr. Rosenthal began her formal research career with the CTSC as a KL2 Scholar in 2017. She continued to build her research program and skills in the areas of telehealth and pediatric transition of care. Rosenthal credits the KL2 for helping her establish incredible professional relationships with other researchers at Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs across the nation.

Currently, she serves as the CTSC KL2 scholar representative. She is one of the first to serve as a representative on the national leadership team and positioned to collaborate further on activities such as the 2020 Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Conference Workforce Development Collaborative Planning Committee.

In addition, she is on the working group to establish a "CTSA Visiting Professorship" for KL2 Scholars to receive mentorship and training at other CTSA hubs and create new opportunities for them by fostering exchange of ideas and collaborations.

The K23 award will further support her career goal to become an independent investigator using technology to improve care quality during pediatric transfers and other care transitions. Dr. Rosenthal noted that the novel coronavirus pandemic drastically changed the adoption of telehealth. She considers this is an exciting time to be part of the team that is creating, adapting, and implementing innovative methods to provide quality care to patients.

In 2006, the UC Davis CTSC was one of the inaugural 12 centers established across the United States in the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). Currently, in its third 5-year award period, the CTSC is one of approximately 60 NIH-supported centers funded to facilitate and accelerate the study of human health and disease to bring new treatments to patients and communities through biomedical research.

The project described was supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through grant number UL1 TR001860 and linked award KL2 TR001859. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


May 28, 2020

CTSC KL2 Scholar, Ian Koebner, — The Virtual Museum Experience: Can it Help Reduce Social Isolation?

“Chronic pain is a complex condition,” said Ian Koebner, an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the director of Integrative Pain Management at UC Davis Medical Center. “It affects the body, the mind, and can significantly impact social interactions. More than 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain, which is more than those stricken with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. We are trying to identify ways to more effectively address the problems associated with ongoing pain.”

February 2, 2020 — 22 min Art Rx PSA on Entercom radio stations (Sacramento)

Kat Maudru, Entercom Radio personality, Sacramento, CA. interviews Ian Koebner on the healing benefits of art as a modality when addressing chronic pain.


November 19, 2019 

CTSC KL2 Scholar Lisa Brown —  Lung Cancer Awareness, Importance of Screening

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a Facebook Live conversation was held on November 19 with thoracic surgeon, Lisa Brown, of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lisa Brown is assistant professor in the department of surgery.

View the recording to learn about lung cancer screening and more.

 

 

 


October 2, 2019

CTSC KL2 Scholar, Heather Siefkes, Receives NIH Grant to Establish Blood Flow Threshold

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor of pediatric critical care at UC Davis Children's Hospital, was awarded a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) grant last month. She is working on improving critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) detection in newborns by measuring their blood flow levels in addition to the blood oxygen levels.

With the NICHD grant, Siefkes and her team will enroll 700 newborn babies at five hospitals, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Based on the blood flow screening of the babies, the researchers will develop a machine learning/artificial intelligence model to identify the perfusion (blood flow) value that can predict CCHD.


November 27, 2018

CTSC KL2 Scholar, Stephanie Crossen, Receives Judges' Award for Home-Based Telemedicine Project for Children with Diabetes at National Conference

Stephanie Crossen, an assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Judges’ Award for her exceptional presentation to improve care delivery for pediatric patients with poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes. She was recognized at the Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health‘s Telehealth Research Symposium in San Diego on October 24, 2018.

August 27, 2020

BIRCWH K12 Program Scholars, Laura Kair and Candice Price, Collaborate to Promote Black Breastfeeding Week

Laura Kair, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatrician and clinical researcher, and Candice Price, a UC Davis  School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Molecular Biosciences clinical researcher, recently collaborated with several colleagues and community partners about the importance of black breastfeeding the week of August 25 - 31, 2020.


July 8, 2019

Laura Kair Named Women's Health Research Scholar for BIRCWH K12 Program

Laura Kair, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatrician and clinical researcher focused on breastfeeding and maternal-child health, was selected as an Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research (IWHR) scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program.

Kair’s mentors on the project are Caroline Chantry, Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, Jim Marcin and Dan Tancredi. This two-year award will fund Kair’s ongoing research career development and a clinical trial. 

The clinical trial, registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, will evaluate the effect of at home-based telemedicine lactation support visits on breastfeeding duration among women who deliver late preterm (four to six weeks early). The trial begins enrollment this summer and will follow participants for one year after delivery.


November 28, 2018

BIRCWH Scholar, Laura Tully, Presents at 2018 Annual BIRCWH Meeting

Laura Tully, assistant professor of psychiatry, presented on the topic of Neural Mechanisms Underlying Higher Rates of Psychotic and Mood Symptoms in Females with Schizophrenia at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the BIRCWH Meeting.

November 7, 2019

Paul Calabresi K12 Scholar - Guabo Wang, Awarded "Trailblazer" Grant for Hybrid Imaging Research

Guobao Wang, associate professor in the Department of Radiology, has received a "Trailblazer R21" grant ($628,000 over three years) from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH/NIBIB).

With this grant, Wang will develop the algorithms and test the feasibility of a new method combining positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning. The proposed method provides new applications for human molecular imaging and adds spectral CT imaging as a dimension of information to clinical PET/CT.

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center Holds 15th Annual Scholar Symposium

May 21, 2019

Julie Schweitzer, Rajpreet Chahal, Nick Kenyon - CTSC TL1 Pre-Doctoral Training Program Julie Schweitzer, Rajpreet Chahal, Nick Kenyon - CTSC TL1 Pre-Doctoral Training Program.

Thirty-four scholars presented their translational science research over two days at the 15th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium. The event (May 12-13) celebrated the work of the graduating scholars and provided the opportunity to share their research with the faculty, staff and the clinical research graduate group.