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CTSI KL2 Awardees Announced



UCLA CTSI News Archive

Seven scholars from a pool of 38 applicants have received CTSI KL2 Awards for mentored, interdisciplinary training in translational research. Scholars receive $75,000 in salary support, $25,000 for research and additional support for travel, tuition and biostatistical consults. Awards may be for up to three years. 

2013 KL2 Translational Science Scholars 

  • Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, MSHS

 Assistant Professor, UCLA 

Project: Understanding the relationship between adolescent identity and substance use

Mentor: Paul Chung, MD, MS 

  • Heather Jones, MD

 Assistant Clinical Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Project: Role of IL1-ß and the NLRP3 inflammasome in the development of hypoxemia in acute lung injury

Mentor:  Moshe Arditi, MD

  • Anne Walling, MD, PhD

 Assistant Professor, UCLA

Project: Single fraction vs. multiple fraction radiation for patients with advanced cancer and painful bone metastases

Mentor: Neil Wenger, MD, MPH 

  • David Merrill, MD, PhD

 Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA

Project: Relationship of physical activity to hippocampal structure and memory in MCI

Mentor: Gary Small, MD 

  • Eliza Congdon, PhD

 Assistant Professor, UCLA

Project: Gene expression profiles of ECT response in major depressive disorder

Mentor: Nelson Freimer, MD

  • Josuha Pevnick, MD, MSHS

 Assistant Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 

Project: Minimizing errors in medication histories obtained at hospital admission 

Mentor: Douglas Bell, MD, PhD 

  • Piwen Wang, MD, PhD, MS

 Assistant Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Project: Sensitization of castration-resistant prostate tumors to docetaxel treatment by green tea and quercetin

Mentor: Jaydutt Vadgama, PhD