The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Mentored Career Development Program (also known as the KL-2 program) was initiated in June 2006 with a call for applications from junior faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Nursing. Based on a NIH-style competitive application process, three scholars were selected in 2006, one in 2007, and two in 2009 by a scientific review panel to receive 75% salary support for up to 5 years to dedicate time to developing their research portfolios. The Clinical and Translational Science Center continues to accept applications from highly qualified candidates from across the country each year.
The KL-2 program supports the research career development of clinical researchers who have recently completed professional training and who are commencing basic, translational and/or clinical research. The goal of this program is to foster the discipline of clinical research and, by increasing clinical research capacity, to expedite clinical and translational research. For more information, please email Elaine Manzanilla.
Project: "Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Combined with Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Cervical Dystonia"
Mentors: Bill Shuttleworth, PhD, & Leslie Morrison, MD
"My research is aimed at non-invasively altering plasticity in the brain, using transcranial magnetic stimulation, to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with movement disorders." ~ Dr. Pirio Richardson
My research is designed to further define the immune response after
trauma and to evaluate the dysregulation of the host defense mechanisms
following severe injury, with a focus on changes in the response of
Project: "Network Modulation and White Matter Integrity during Novelty
Detection in Patients with Schizophrenia with a Long Duration of Illness"
Mentors: Juan Bustillo, MD & Vince Calhoun, PhD
"My research is designed to compare differences between patients with early-onset, late-life schizophrenia & age-matched controls in task modulation of executive control and default mode networks with fMRI during an auditory oddball discrimination task." ~ Dr. Abbott
Project: "Potential role of H. pylori-induced MIF in Gastric Cancer"
Mentors: Carolyn Mold, PhD & Thomas Ma, MD, PhD, FACG
"My research is designed to examine the chronic inflammatory pathways that link macrophage migration inhibitory factor produced during Helicobacter pylori infection to gastric cancer and give insight in general into inflammation associated cancers." ~ Dr. Beswick
Project: "Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in Adolescent School-Based Health Centers"
Mentors: Sally Davis, PhD & Mark Burge, MD
"My research is designed to assess adolescent obesity management using telemedicine technology in school-based health centers.”~ Dr. Kong
Project: "Brain Antifungal Pharmacodynamics: Use of 19F-Magnetic
Resonance Spectroscopy and Microdialysis"
Mentor: C. Rick Lyons, MD, PhD
My research is designed to develop a novel, noninvasive method for measuring brain concentrations of antimicrobials." ~Dr. Pai
Dr. Pai was selected as a scholar in 2006 and has since accepted a position at the Institute for Clinical Pharmacodynamics (www.icpd.com) in Albany, NY. Congratulations Dr. Pai!
Project: "Adiposity, Activity and Asthma: A Clinical Translational Study"
Mentors: Mark Schuyler, MD & Marianne Berwick, PhD
"My research is designed to understand whether high body fat or decreased physical activity is contributing to the increasing occurrence of asthma in the United States." ~Dr. Sood
Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD
Project: "The Role of Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors in Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease"
Mentors: Vojo Deretic, PhD & Robin Ohls, MD
"My research project is designed to determine whether use of phosphodiesterase inhibitors such as sildenafil can correct one of the basic defects that contributes to the development of lung disease in cystic fibrosis." ~Dr. Taylor-Cousar
Dr. Taylor-Cousar recently took a position as the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Program at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO. Congratulations Dr. Taylor-Cousar!