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Alumni Spotlight

Aletha Akers, MD, MPH, an alumna (’06-’11) of the KL2 (formerly CRSP), won First Place in the 2018 Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards in the Public Policy and Government category. She was recognized for her leadership in a policy initiative that expanded access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for underserved adolescents in Pennsylvania. Dr. Akers is currently a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she is an adolescent gynecologist and medical director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services. During her time in the ICRE, Dr. Akers was prolific at translating research into grant submissions, and had great success publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting research findings at national meetings.

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

    • The Clinical and Translational Science Scholars KL2 Program is now accepting letters of interest. Deadline to submit is 12:00 PM on Monday, January 15, 2018.

      For more information about the program and letter of interest, click here to open a Powerpoint presentation from the December 14th 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