The TRACTS program helped these clinicians navigate research careers. Find out more about how you can develop research skills, facilitate collaborations and connect with mentors in TRACTS.
“TRACTS was instrumental in solidifying mentorship, facilitating collaborations, and enhancing my research skills.”
–Amy Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS
- Undergraduate | Nutrition, University of Florida
- Medical school | Wake Forest University
- Residency | Pediatrics, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
- Fellowship| Pediatric endocrinology, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
- Developing prediction rules for the development of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in children
I wanted to learn more about research methods and statistical analysis for large population-based studies on tools to improve the diagnosis and management of obesity-related diseases.
Contact Kristin: email@example.com
Scott A. Heller, MD
- Undergraduate | Cornell University
- Medical school | New York Medical College
- Internship and Residency | Lackland Air Force Base
- Fellowship | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
- Developing clinical trials for the treatment of neuromuscular disease in adults
I became involved with TRACTS because I saw it as a program that can provide the guidance, resources, and skills to help a research novice like me someday develop into a polished, clinical and translational investigator.
Contact Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura M. Jacobsen, MD
- Undergraduate | University of Florida
- Medical school | University of Florida
- Residency | Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Fellowship | Pediatric endocrinology, University of Florida
- Delaying onset of complications of type 1 diabetes in children
TRACTS offers additional mentorship outside my division with classes and small group discussion tailored to physicians’ research needs. Advancing our statistical knowledge and ability, in addition to having a strong grant support system, are invaluable for young clinician researchers on the road to independence.
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- Undergraduate | Child psychology, University of Minnesota
- Medical school | University of Iowa
- Residency | Dermatology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
- Fellowship | Pediatric dermatology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
- Understanding the relationship between the microbiome and development of skin diseases in children
I joined the TRACTS program to provide me with the skills and resources needed to conduct prospective clinical studies. I am currently collaborating with several departments at UF while establishing my research in the neonatal cutaneous microbiome.
Contact Jennifer: firstname.lastname@example.org
“TRACTS provided several opportunities to advance my career including identifying and establishing a mentoring team, improving my statistical analysis skills, improving my publication record, and providing guidance on grant submissions.
-Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
K-23 award recipient: “The Role of Dysfunctional HDL in Sepsis”
- Medical school | Rosalind Franklin University
- Residency | Emergency medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Understanding the role of inflammation in sepsis
I see clinical research as part of quality health care, and I believe that patients need access to both. I didn’t realize it but I probably wanted to be a researcher all along.
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- Medical school | University of Panama
- Residency | John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
- Fellowship | Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
- Patient-centered endocrinology through evidence-based medicine and shared decision making
- Special topics of interest within endocrinology include management and diagnosis of thyroid nodules and primary hyperparathyroidism
As a junior faculty in a new university identifying the opportunities that were a good fit for me was a daunting and challenging process. I joined TRACTS in order to facilitate this process.
Contact Naykky: Naykky.SinghOspina@medicine.ufl.edu
Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
- Undergraduate | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Masters | Public Health Nursing, University of Florida
- Doctorate | Nursing Sciences, University of Florida
- Health care access
- Engagement, disparities, community engagement
- Qualitative methods
TRACTS provided several opportunities to advance my career as an assistant professor including identifying and establishing a mentoring team, improving my statistical analysis skills, improving my publication record, and providing guidance and feedback on grant submissions.
Contact Christa: christacook@UFL.EDU
K-08 award recipient: “Heterologous Immunity and Host Susceptibility to Emerging Alphaviral Infections”
- Doctorate | Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
- Medical school | Stanford University School of Medicine
- Internship | University of Pennsylvania
- Residency | Physician-scientist track, University of Pennsylvania
- Fellowship | Infectious Diseases, University of Pennsylvania
- Post-doctoral fellowship | Pathology, University of Pennsylvania
- Field experimental methods for determining enzootic hosts
- Human immunological and genetic susceptibility to alphaviruses
- Epidemiology of eastern equine encephalitis
- Venezuelan equine encephalitis in Panama
TRACTS was instrumental in solidifying mentorship, facilitating collaborations, and enhancing my research skills.
Contact Amy: Amy.Vittor@medicine.ufl.edu