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The Connection

What is the Connection?

The Connection is a new research social network created to advance the research careers of early stage investigators through information exchange, networking, group learning, and mentorship required for team science. Download our brochure

The Connection’s Goals

  • Information exchange via a dedicated website that serves as a central location to bridge/link to university-wide research calendars and events, research resources.
  • Research-focused social networking (e.g., CTSI Twitter, CTSI newsletter, blogs and open forums).
  • Group learning to advance team science, promote and facilitate research collaborations, and enhance leadership skills.
  • Cooperative mentoring activities, e.g., connecting mentors & mentees, provide guidance for individual career enhancement & development, workshops for mentors & mentees within UM and with collaborating institutions.


  • The CTSI KL2 Executive Committee to assist in the growth and organization of the Connection.
  • The CTSI KL2 Advisory Committee to provide recommendations to strategically position the Connection for major impact in the young investigators community.
  • UM Researchers to provide mentorship and guidance for career tracks.
  • Key University Administration teams to support various Connection activities

Program Managers

Marisabel Davalos, MSEd., CIP
Director, Research Support
Phone: 305-243-6978

Patricia Avissar
Research Navigator
Director, Research Support
Phone: 305-243-5085


Jonelle Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Miami Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Associate Dean, Research & Regulatory Quality Improvement
Research Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Age
Scientific Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
Executive Vice Chair of Research and Faculty Affairs
Director, Clinical Translational Research Division, Dept. of Neurology
Director, Master of Science in Clinical & Translational Investigation (MSCTI)

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