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SCTR's NIH Mentored Research Career Development Program Award

RobinsonChristopher J. Robinson, MD, is wrapping up his third and final year in the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute’s KL2 program and eager to join the group of highly trained clinical and translational researchers that have successfully completed the program. Robinson, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was MUSC’s first NIH Mentored Research Career Development Program Award (KL2 program) recipient. The KL2 program is comprised of three components: meeting the NIH’s KL2 required training and research components, didactic training, and mentor-guided research. He was also able to earn his master’s in clinical research under the KL2 program.

“Achieving the master’s in clinical research degree provided me with a good feel of what tools were available and what I needed to conduct my research. It doesn’t make one totally independent, but it gives participants some good insight into the process and the ability to address strengths and resolve weaknesses,” explained Robinson.

The SCTR KL2 Scholar’s Program is a self-designed training program that supports qualified junior faculty and provides participants with valuable training through mentoring, research experiences, and guided expertise,” said Randal Davis, SCTR project director. Robinson, who has always had an interest in research, used this program opportunity to continue his maternal fetal medicine research which focuses on women suffering from early on-set, severe preeclampsia.

As his commitment to the program comes to an end, Robinson is continuing his career in research, writing grants, and pursuing funding. He recently submitted his first grant to the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and will seek an additional NIH-funded source this June. Dr. Robinson credits his success in the KL2 program to his supportive mentors and the department’s commitment to the growth to research and early career development.

SCTR’s KL2 program has launched its 2010-2011 request for applications (RFA). Key dates:

  • Application Receipt Date:  July 15, 2010
  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date: August 15, 2010
  • End of Support: March 31, 2013

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