Overcoming the Challenges of Early Career
Research Through Mentorship

The challenges of research – especially in the early career stages – can be daunting. Publishing can be hampered by a lack of access to resources, supervisory support, and time. Grant submissions and funding do not come as easily to early-stage investigators compared to their more established peers. Opportunities for leadership roles are also less abundant.

The CTSC Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) is designed to help overcome these challenges. The program is specifically geared toward junior faculty, clinical and preclinical fellows, and postdoctoral scholars to provide comprehensive training and support to early-stage researchers. The MCRTP also helps investigators learn how to collaborate, use team science approaches, and think along the clinical-translational continuum.  That is, intentionally thinking about how bench research can inform clinical and community practice and using reverse translation – taking observations from the clinic and population into questions to laboratory research to further innovation. Since 2006, 131 alumni have completed the program. And the stories they can tell…

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Christine Toedebusch headshotUC Davis CTSC Supports COHA-Funded Multi-Institutional Veterinary Biorepository Database

The Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA) has granted a pilot award to Christine Toedebusch, assistant professor with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The study seeks to extend the operational infrastructure developed at UC Davis to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop a standardized, multicenter repository registry of high-quality canine biological fluid specimens. The project will assess standardized protocols for multicenter biospecimen collection using quality control assays in accordance with established international standards and biobanking best practices. A common repository registry, wherein investigators have reciprocal access to standardized biospecimens, will connect basic, translational, and clinical veterinarians, physicians, and scientists to promote rigorous, well-powered multicenter studies that foster scientific discovery and improve animal and human health. The UC Davis CTSC will provide core infrastructure to track, manage, and requisition samples following best practices and international standards.