Community of Scholars

Duke’s Community of Scholars (CoS) seeks to connect trainees, share educational resources, and increase program efficiencies to enhance the career development of diverse scholars across Duke, enabling them to become successful researchers, mentors and leaders.

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Contact Stephanie Molner to join our distribution list and find out more about what’s coming down the COS pipeline.

   Community Updates    

Duke CTSA KL2 Program Welcomes New Scholars

The Duke CTSA KL2 program provides training and research opportunities for junior investigators. KL2 scholars will leave the program equipped with the skills to be successful, independent investigators, making contributions across the spectrum of clinical and translational science. This year, three new investigators will join the program.  Congratulations to the new scholars!

Sarahn Wheeler, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Project Title:  INCORPorate 17-P: EngagINg the COmmunity to Reduce Pre-Term Birth using 17-Progesterone.
Primary mentor:  Geeta Swamy

Amanda Eudy, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Project Title:  Utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to understand a new model of Type 1 and 2 SLE.
Primary mentor: Megan Clowse

Kevin Southerland, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Project Title:  The Role of Notch Signaling in Determining the Clinical Manifestations of Critical Limb Ischemia.
Primary mentor: Chris Kontos

Welcome to the New KURe Scholar

The Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (KURe) provides training and support to talented individuals who are interested in benign urological diseases and are interested in developing the skills necessary to initiate and sustain an independent research career in benign urological research.  Congratulations to the new KURe scholar!

Hae Woong Choi, PhD Research Scientist, Department of Pathology
Project title: UTIs in the elderly and mucosal vaccine therapy
Primary Mentors: Soman Abraham, PhD and Herman Staats, PhD

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Do you know about Research Navigators?

Have a quick question about research resources or collaborators at Duke? Spinning your wheels trying to figure out how to get something done? Contact Research Navigators! They will help you find the answers. Email or use the online “Need Help” service in myRESEARCHhome. You can even book an “onboarding session” where they will provide customized information relevant to your interests. 

   We Keep You Informed  

If you have problems gaining access to any of these events, please let us know so that we can address this with the organizer

Research Careers Ahead! Seminar, Office of Physician Scientist Development presents “Powerful Presentations:  The art and science of communicating information, ideas, and concepts”
Presented by James Fox, MD, Associate professor of pediatrics and Richard Chung, MD, Associate professor of pediatrics and medicine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00-5:00pm MSRB1 Room 001
Register here

Core Day
Learn more about shared resources and their contributions to groundbreaking research, hear about new shared resources and capabilities, and browse posters and meet with shared resource staff.
Tuesday, February 26 10:00am-4:00pm Great Hall, Trent Semans Center
More information and registration here

Scholars@Duke Photo Day — free profile photos for faculty, graduate students, and anyone with a Scholars profile.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chaplin Family Study Room in the Brodhead Center
Arrive, sign in, wait in line for a few minutes, sit for your photo. Photos will be shared with individuals in mid March.  

Office of Research Mentoring presents “Budget Basics for NIH grants”
Presented by Cathleen Colin-Emeric, MD, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring and Marley Thrasher, Director for Research Cost Compliance
March 1, 2019 12:00-1:30pm, MSRB 1, Room 001
Lunch provided.  Visit Office of Research Mentoring for additional information and registration.

BIRCWH Leadership Series Webinar presents “Reveal, Don’t Conceal:  Transforming Data Visualization & Statistics Education to Improve Transparency”
Thursday, March 7 2019 12:00-1:00 pm
You do not have to be a BIRCWH scholar to participate.
Register here.

CTSA KL2 Lunch Forum presents “Biostatistics Collaborations at Duke”
Presented by Gina-Maria Pomann, PhD, Senior Biostatistician & Manager of the CTSI Biostatistics Core
Monday, March 16, 2019 12:00-1:00pm Medical Center Library, Room 212C
Lunch provided. Seating is limited.  RSVP by Monday, March 11 to

Office of Research Mentoring presents “Early Career Grants Day”
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:00am-4:00pm, Searle Center, Seeley Mudd Building
Lunch provided.  Visit Office of Research Mentoring for additional information and registration.

CTSA KL2 Lunch Forum presents “Funding Opportunities”
Presented by Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Health Policy and Implementation Science Research
Monday, April 8, 2019 12:00-1:00pm Medical Center Library, Room 212C
Lunch provided. Seating is limited.  RSVP by Monday, April 1to

Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day 2019
Organized by the Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (KURe)
Faculty, Fellows, Postdocs, Students, and Staff from all disciplines with an interest in any aspect of benign urological diseases are invited to attend.
Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00am-3:30pm Duke University Albert Eye Research Institute
NOW Soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentations from faculty, staff and trainees
Abstract submission deadlines:
March 29, 2019 to be considered for trainee awards and monetary prizes
April 12, 2019 for all other abstracts (non-trainees and trainees not competing for awards)
Go to the Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day 2019 webpage  to submit your abstract, register to attend, and additional information.

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