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Pitt faculty were among the winners of the Carnegie Science Center’s 2015 Carnegie Science Award winners.

The Advanced Materials Award went to Steven R. Little, Swanson School of Engineering. Little leads engineers and students as they collaborate with clinicians to use engineering to inform medicine. He has designed a process that controls drug release in the body, mimicking the way that the body releases signals naturally.

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

  • Dr. Wishwa Kapoor gives engaging talk on shortage of physician-scientists. Read more about it in the University Times article.