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Duke and UNC team up to fund inter-institutional collaborations in translational research

CTSA-badgeTake a moment to check out Duke Translational Medicine Institute‘s story about a translational research collaboration between Duke and UNC:

The Duke University Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) are launching a new program to award $50,000 grants for translational research projects that involve co-investigators – one from Duke and one from UNC.

“I think that although we come from different ends of Tobacco Road and our different shades of blue compete passionately in sports, when it comes to translating medical progress and health care to the community, we can be very collaborative,” said Jennifer Li, MD, MHS, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and co-PI of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute.

The pilot program is supported by the more than $100 million in funding to NC TraCS and DTMI as the academic homes of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University.

The new grants from the UNC and Duke CTSAs will encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. They will place particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary discovery science research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease and clinical trials.

The new program will award funding to projects that demonstrate high translational potential with a clear path to subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, or other channels. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2014.

Read the full story here. Learn about eligibility and the application submission process.

by · Posted on August 26, 2014 in Centers & Institutes, Funding, News · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Peer Mentoring 9/15/14: Library resources for researchers and educators

The Mid-Career Peer Mentoring group is hosting Megan Von Isenburg, associate director of Duke Medical Center Library and Archives, to discuss “Library Resources for Researchers and Educators.”

The session will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 15 in 208 Carl Building. Lunch will be served.

Please reserve a seat by emailing

This event is sponsored by the Program for Women in Internal Medicine. All are welcome.

by · Posted on August 26, 2014 in Events, Faculty Development · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Registration open for George Gopen Writing Seminar

Registration is now open for the next Writing from the Reader’s Perspective workshop, presented by George D. Gopen, JD, PhD, professor emeritus of the practice of rhetoric in the Department of English.

The workshop meets 2:30-5:30 pm on Tuesdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 in Medical Student Amphitheater, Duke South.

Space is limited and this seminar fills up quickly – sign up today. This 12-hour seminar is split into four sessions. Participants should plan to attend all 4 parts. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and faculty will be given priority. If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact Jessica Womack at 919-684-4139 or

“Take the Gopen course … more than once!” says John Perfect in this Virtual Mentor pearl of wisdom.
by · Posted on August 20, 2014 in Faculty Development, School of Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Registration opens for SoM Financial Boot Camp

Registration is now open for the next School of Medicine Financial Boot Camp – a multi-part series designed to help faculty understand core finance issues with a focus on medical school economics. Sessions will be led by Executive Vice Dean Scott Gibson.

Sessions will be held from 7:15-8:45 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 and 20 in Classroom 4 of the Trent Semans Center.

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by · Posted on August 14, 2014 in Events, Faculty Development, School of Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

8/11/14: Peer mentoring session on time management

Don’t forget: On Mon., Aug. 11, from 12-1 p.m. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, will lead a discussion on time management and the effective use of administrative assistants.

The session will be held in 208 Carl Building. Lunch will be served. Please reserve a seat by emailing Jarrett Spence

This event is sponsored by the Program for Women in Internal Medicine. All are welcome.

by · Posted on August 5, 2014 in Events, Faculty Development, Peer Mentoring · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Register now for Responsible Conduct of Research course

Registration is now open for the 2014 Responsible Conduct of Research course, offered through the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine.

This 5-week course will take place Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

The course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education. The course is also open to post-docs.

Sessions include:

  • Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research and Mentoring
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Research Misconduct
  • Publication and Authorship
  • Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest

To register, please email the Trent Center at 

Registration deadline is Fri., Aug. 15, 2014.  

by · Posted on July 8, 2014 in Faculty Development, Faculty Development Opportunities · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Ward to be new director of credentialing

Bimal Shah, MD, MBA, assistant professor of medicine (Cardiology), has served as the director of quality improvement and credentialing in the Department of Medicine since 2011. At the end of this month, Dr. Shah will step down from that role to take a new position as Vice President of Premier Research Services, a division of Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement alliance of some 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers.

“Bimal has been an effective and valued member of the leadership team in the Department of Medicine,” said Mary Klotman, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine. “I am grateful to him for all of his efforts, and wish him well in his new endeavor.”

Among his accomplishments, Shah assembled the first group of Quality Champions within Medicine to lead efforts around divisional quality improvement metrics. He also spearheaded the Department’s efforts around clinical effectiveness and high-value, cost-conscious care, and he provided leadership and representation for the Department in the Maestro Care Steering Committee and credentialing.

Cary Ward, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Cardiology), will become director of quality improvement and credentialing, effective July 1.

Dr. Ward was one of the inpatient physician champions during the implementation of Maestro Care, and she is currently involved in multiple research projects that use Maestro Care to ensure quality care for patients. She will apply this experience to her new role as she leads the Department’s efforts in organizational and clinical quality improvement, working with quality champions in each division.

Ward will also collaborate with the Department’s research and education leadership to identify and support research opportunities within existing and future QI activities.

Find additional information about credentialing and quality improvement on MedicineNews at

by · Posted on June 13, 2014 in Faculty Development, Quality Initiatives · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

6/16/14: MRRC hosts talk on pursuing a career in academic medicine

The Department of Medicine’s Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee will host a presentation and dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mon., June 16 in Duke North Room 1103.

The guest speaker is Isaretta Riley, MD, a third-year fellow in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Riley will present “Pursuing A Career in Academic Medicine.”

Dinner will be served. To reserve a seat, email LaVerne Johnson-Pruden,

by · Posted on June 4, 2014 in Diversity, Events, Fellowship programs, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }