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Early Career Investigators Workshop

Since its inception in 2001, a recurring strategic goal of the American Urological Association (AUA) Office of Research has been to nurture the success of early career investigators in urological research. In 2007, the AUA Research Council Workgroup on “Nurturing Young Investigators” was the first to suggest the introduction of a program that would recruit top junior investigators in urological research, MD and PhD, to attend a workshop that would focus on mentoring, scientific review, sources of independent funding, and grant writing. That idea was also reinforced during the Research Grant Quality Initiative in November 2008, when a National Urology Research Preceptorship Program stressing the importance of successful grant writing was discussed. For several years, discussions between the AUA and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) have stressed the need for an improvement in the quality of grant submissions in urologic research.

The Early Career Investigators Workshop: A “Toolbox for Success”

The Early Career Investigators Workshop was held on January 10-12, at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. The goal of this three-day workshop was to motivate and support young scientists and urologists by providing an outstanding mentoring/career development/scientific program presented by leaders in the field.

There were 17 early career investigators in attendance, including participants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) K12 career development programs. Twelve senior researchers and surgeon-scientists were in attendance acting as faculty advisors.

The program agenda included an overview of NIDDK and National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant mechanisms, a mock scientific peer review study section, and faculty presentations on mentorship and career development. All attendees also participated in working sessions that provided opportunities for them to get 1-on-1 instruction from faculty advisors on how to improve their grant writing skills and roundtable discussions with NIH Program Officers on federal grant funding mechanisms. The workshop was supported through a grant from the Urology Care Foundation provided by the Wyland F. Leadbetter, MD Urology Research Fund.

Program Agenda

January 2014 Early Career Investigators Workshop Agenda [pdf]

2014 Early Career Investigators Workshop Participants
AUA 2014 Early Career Investigators Workshop Participants
Seated L-R:
Adam Szafran MD, PhD
Clarisse Mazolla, MD, PhD
Nazema Siddiqui, MD
Carolina Jorgez, PhD
Thomas Chi, MD
Douglas Clayton, MD
Scott Hubosky, MD
Second Row, L-R:
Eugene Lee, MD
Brian Shuch, MD
Vijaya M. Vemulakonda, MD, JD
Scott Manson, PhD
Matthew Wszolek, MD
Zhina Sadeghi, MD
Ferenc Rick, MD, PhD
Carla Beckham, MD, PhD
Mir Reza Bekheirnia, MD

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