Mentored Career Development Program

Creating a new collaborative approach to training the next generation of researchers in Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Mentored Career Development Program: Innovative Team-based Transdisciplinary Approach to Research Education and TrainingPrincipal Investigator:Reza Shaker, MD, Clinical and Translational Science InstituteCo-Investigator:Doriel Ward, PhD, MPH, Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Leonard Egede, MD, MS, MedicineAward Amount:$2,465,245
Award Date
February2021
Project Duration:64 months

Project Description Narrative:


The COVID-19 pandemic health crisis has brought to light the need to train diverse researchers focused on advancing health. This includes a wide range of research, from basic biomedical research to translation of research to improve the health of communities. Collaborative research involving the community, research enterprise, and health systems enable discoveries to be most relevant to the health of individuals and communities and allow translation to better preventative measures, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

Through this award, the project will build on existing training programs to create a team-based, trans-disciplinary training model where trainees receive training, education, research experience, and mentorship towards expertise in conducting research involving community, research infrastructure and health system perspectives. This new approach allows those outside of academia to play an active role in research, education, and training.

Project Updates:


  • Funded two mentored scholar projects focused on the epidemiology of injury burden and predictive modeling for quality of life outcomes resulting from traumatic injury in older trauma patients
  • Prioritized diversity in the new Review Committee for the third and final request for applications to select and fund a third mentored scholar
  • Adapted existing ensembles to include new education and training opportunities for KL2 scholars

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