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Alumni Spotlight

Matthew Rosengart, MD, MPH, an alumnus of the KL2 (formerly CRSP) program (‘07-‘08), is conducting exciting research on using light to improve the body’s response to surgery. He senior-authored a paper that appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in May 2016, which showed that exposure to bright blue spectrum light before surgery may help protect against injury and inflammation. These results are being applied to human trials, with a pilot project underway at UPMC Presbyterian in patients with appendicitis. The findings were also highlighted in a recent issue of Pitt Med magazine. Dr. Rosengart is currently an associate professor of surgery and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Scholars Program (KL2), offered by the ICRE and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), provides individualized, competency-based training in rigorous research methodologies for the design and conduct of high-quality translational research. The CTS Scholars Program provides courses, seminars, workshops, and experiential training to build essential translational research skills in team science, leadership, stakeholder engagement, communication, and moving innovations to commercialization.



The main objectives of the CTS Scholars program are to:

  • Provide rigorous didactic training that encompasses a broad spectrum of research methodologies, technologies, concepts, and research tools to scholars with varying levels of prior research experience.
  • Immerse scholars in multidisciplinary research programs and provide training in leadership, management, and team building, thereby fostering effective cross-disciplinary collaboration and team-oriented approaches to research.
  • Provide scholars with multidisciplinary mentoring, career guidance, and experiences in the conduct of clinical research projects from conceptualization to completion.
  • Guide scholars in development and submission of competitive grant applications to secure funding that enables success as independent clinical researchers.
  • Announcements

    • For more information about the program, click here to open a Powerpoint presentation from the December 8th information session.

    "I cannot thank you enough for all of the support that you, the CTSI, and the KL2 have provided me. My K23 was funded on the first submission, which would never have happened without all of your help! The mock review was particularly valuable, as it highlighted several things that to me seemed obvious, since I was so close to the data, but that were not in fact apparent to anyone else. Again, I am so grateful for all your help!"

    —2017 KL2 Scholar Ruchira Jha, MD