K College

Clinical and Translational Research Building
Clinical and Translational Research Building

K College is a monthly seminar series that provides support, opportunities and resources for career development in clinical and translational research.

This is an established program sponsored by the UF CTSA and directed by Co-Directors:

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP and Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD

This seminar series ranges from life-work balance to identifying core facilities available to Scholars. It provides peer support and opportunities to raise issues of concern and discuss need for resources to support career development in clinical & translational research. The target audience is early stage investigators, pre and post doctoral researchers


Day: Wednesday (the first of the month)

Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Regular sessions will be online via Zoom (until further notice)

NEW – YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND! Please click on the date to register for the session you would like to attend.


Previous sessions are recorded and linked to the title.

2021 -2022 Dates:

Date Presenter Topic
August 27 Loan Repayment Program – Special Session Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP ––
September 1 Welcome to K-College! “what a K study section is looking for” by Dr. Helen Jones Helen Jones, PhD/C. Leeuwenburgh/F. Guirgis Welcome to K-College! “what a K study section is looking for” by Dr. Helen Jones
September 15 K Writers Workshop – Special Session Thomas Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD and KL2 Co-Directors; Faheem Guirgis, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh K Writers Workshop – Special Session
October 6 How to Hire, train and retain excellent clinical research coordinators Kim Foli, Administrative Director, Florida Center for Brain Tumar Research at UF How to Hire, train and retain excellent clinical research coordinators
November 3 Tenure Promotion at the University of Florida Mark Segal, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Interim Director of MD-PhD Training Program Tenure Promotion at the University of Florida
December 1 Beyond papers, grants and promotion: Life/Work Balance in Academia Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Christiaan Leewenburgh, PhD, Lisa Merlot, M.P.E. Beyond papers, grants and promotion: Life/Work Balance in Academia.
December 15 AI (Artificial Intelligence) Workshop – Special Session Azra Bihorac, MD, MS, FCCM, FASN, Faheem Guirgis, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh
January 5 How to publish in high impact journals Dominick J. Angiolillo, MD, PhD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI How to publish in high impact journals
February 2 Pilot Grants at UF and How to Frame a Perfect Pilot Grant Matt Gurka, PhD Pilot Grants at UF and How to Frame a Perfect Pilot Grant
March 2 Mentoring Roger Fillingim Mentoring
April 6 TBA

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For more information please contact Susan Gardner (sgard@ufl.edu) in the Office of Biomedical Research Career Development.

Want to see what it’s all about?

Check out videos of archived presentations here and a list of past K College discussion topics below.

Past discussion topics

Presenter topic
Linda Behar-Horenstein, PhD Biomedical Researchers as Educators Certificate
Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD; Thomas Pearson, MD Welcome to K College 2017-2018 topics, upcoming events, K to R Booth Camp, K writers workshop and today’s topic: PILOT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES.
Lauren McIntyre, PhD Experimental Design: BYOE – (Bring Your Own Experiment)
Marco Pahor, MD; Jane Lu, MS Success Formula in Conducting Clinical Trials; Types of Clinical Trials; Institute on Aging Resources and Research Facilities
Christian Jobin, PhD How to roll out a fundable grant – Get Inside a Reviewer’s Head
Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD; Tom Pearson, PhD General Issues in Academic Life: Beyond Grants and Papers
Glenn Smith, PhD How to Deal with Rejection
Christine Fruin, JD, MSLIS Rights and Responsibilities of Authors
Anne Christiano, PhD; Stephen Sugrue, PhD Effective science communication: “How to effectively communicate complex or controversial topics to the public”
Holly Morris, RN, MSN, CCRC, CHRC; Janet King, RN, BSN, CCRC Introduction to CTSI mission and the clinical research facilities and resources available at the CTSI; Tour of CTSI and Institute on Aging