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Steven Little, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, is among the Class of 2015 “Fast Trackers” named by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

This award honors business and nonprofit leaders from the Pittsburgh region under the age of 40. Dr. Little joined Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering in 2006 and has appointments in the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine and the Departments of Bioengineering, Immunology, and Ophthalmology. He holds 8 patents and has 15 pending patent applications; he is among the youngest person ever to chair the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Read more about his many accomplishments here.

The KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL2-CRSP) is a multidisciplinary career development program that is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) through the K12 mechanism. The program prepares scientists from a broad range of disciplines, specialties, and subspecialties for independent careers in clinical or translational research. It brings together the collaborative efforts of the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences (the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy), the many multidisciplinary research centers at the University, and the extensive clinical entities that comprise UPMC.

The KL2-CRSP scholars engage in diverse types of multidisciplinary clinical research, including small clinical trials, patient-oriented research, epidemiologic studies, health services research, and translational research. Every scholar has the opportunity to pursue educational offerings pertaining to research ethics and regulations, best practices in clinical research, work in multidisciplinary teams, and leadership skills. Mentoring is an integral component of the KL2CRSP and is provided by a team of highly experienced, federally funded senior investigators.

"I've learned a LOT! I am sure without the KL2 training my applications would not have been as competitive."

—2006 Scholar Sara R. Piva, PT, PhD
(recently awarded an Administrative Supplement to her NIH/NICHD/NCMRR K01 award)

News and Information

  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief’s Recognition Award, which is given annually to the general internal medicine division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership. This is a highly competitive award and, in the words of the awards committee, Dr. Kapoor “stood out as having strengthened your division with special attention to growth in all areas, with a strong focus on faculty development and mentoring.” Dr. Kapoor will receive his award at the ACLGIM Awards Dinner at the annual meeting in Florida in May 2016.
  • Doris Rubio, PhD, director of the Center for Research on Health Care Data Center and co-director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, is the 2016 winner of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Rubio, the second woman to win this award since its inception, is recognized because she has distinguished herself as an investigator, mentor, and academic leader in clinical and translational research education and training. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rubio on this well-deserved award.
  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of both the Institute for Clinical Research Education and the Center for Research on Health Care, gave an insightful interview to science writer and Pitt Med contributor, Alla Katsnelson. Dr. Kapoor remarked on physician-scientists and suggested ways institutions and, specifically, mentors can help bolster and sustain the careers of this “endangered species.” Click here to read the full article on Pitt Med.
  • Two new federally funded programs aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences are being implemented at the ICRE. Doris Rubio, PhD, Co-Director of the ICRE, is the Director of both the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) programs. LEADS, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is a one-year program that provides professional skill training for postdoctoral students and junior faculty at our five participating Minority Serving Institutions. PROMISED, funded by the National Research Mentoring Network, provides leadership training for mentors across the country to help them serve as mentors to groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.