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Junior Faculty Benefit from CTSI Sponsored Eureka International Certificate Program


The 2019 Eureka Program attendees: Hillary Snapp, Mario Saporta, Joyce Gomes-Osman, and Barry Hudson.

From left to right, Hillary Snapp, Mario Saporta, Joyce Gomes-Osman, and Barry Hudson.

The Eureka Institute’s International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine is a seven-day course in Italy that focuses on the fundamentals of translational medicine. During the week-long program, participants review case studies, participate in mentoring sessions with internationally recognized leaders, develop creative problem solving strategies and novel skills to build new kinds of teams. The Eureka Institute offers a unique and intensive program that trains scientists to be leaders in the translational medicine field through coaching, networking and mentorship opportunities. CTSI has an annual internal competition to sponsor faculty who are interested in obtaining the certificate from the Eureka Institute.

Benefits of the Program

Previous participants in the Eureka Institute have expressed positive feedback about the certificate program and the multiple benefits it has provided for their careers in translational science and medicine. From supportive faculty and peers to one-on-one mentoring sessions, participants formed strong bonds that continue to help them navigate their fields.

“I went to the Eureka Institute as a clinician-scientist interested in exploring my role in the translational medicine continuum but also seeking a new level of guidance and direction on how to develop a novel and impactful research program that will lead to the delivery of successful clinical interventions. For me, Eureka demystified many of the challenges and obstacles that early career scientists are often left to navigate alone,” says Hillary Snapp, Au.D., Ph.D., chief of audiology, associate professor and director of clinical education in audiology.

Snapp shares that the Eureka Institute has improved her understanding of how to work within the constraints inherent in medical science, so she feels more competent and capable in her role as a patient-oriented researcher. The certificate program helps create a global network of experts and peers to guide researchers through challenges.

“I really believe that this experience will lead to a profound effect on my career. It took me many years of training to establish the network that I currently have around me, but after only one week, my network has substantially increased. On a more immediate timeline, my grant submissions will add innovation from fruitful discussions with world-renowned faculty and peers. A longer-term impact is that the opportunity to learn about the career trajectories of other successful clinical and translational scientists and gain their insights has also changed my perspective regarding my science, challenging me to set new long-term goals,” says Joyce Gomes-Osman, P.T., Ph.D., assistant professor in the departments of physical therapy and neurology, director of the Neuromotor Plasticity Laboratory and CTSI KL2 awardee.

The curriculum provides participants with opportunities for both theoretical and practical in-depth training in various aspects of clinical translational research. Participants are also encouraged to think about the broader applications of science within the translational research continuum. Team building, effective communication, creativity, leadership and partnerships are at the core of the curriculum during the week-long program.

“The Eureka course covered many different aspects of translational and team science that will impact my career. Primarily, I gained a far better understanding about the process of translating a discovery through clinical trials, from both a scientific and regulatory standpoint. This is critical for my work on developing novel drugs for trials in metastatic cancer,” says Barry I. Hudson, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and director of the CTSI’s masters in clinical and translational investigation.

“This course was really transformative as it continually stimulated us to question and reassess our roles as scientists, teachers and individuals balancing multiple efforts at the same time (life-work balance). I brought back home several tools I am looking forward to applying to my work,” says Mario Saporta, MD, PhD, MBA, assistant professor of neurology and human genetics, director of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Center of Excellence, and CTSI KL2 awardee.

Questions about the Eureka Institute’s International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine should be directed to Daru Ransford, CTSI Executive Director of Business Operations:

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