2019 Junior Investigators' Symposium


The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) is pleased to host a one-day symposium for junior investigators (physician fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty conducting research) focused on successful strategies for a career in clinical and translational science. Attendees will gain valuable career insights through presentations, panel discussions, and time for networking.

2019 Junior Investigators' Symposium:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
8:30AM to 4:00PM
Smilow Center for Translational Research

Slides & Session Recordings:
Session slides, where available, are linked below. Session recordings are available here.

Session Resources:






Registration and Continental Breakfast

SCTR Commons



Jonathan Epstein, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Emma A. Meagher, MD

Rubenstein Auditorium


Unraveling the Mystery of Academic Tracks 

Moderator: Kathy Shaw, MD, MSCE

Panel: Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSc; Marina Cuchel MD, PhD, MSTR; Andy Minn, MD, PhD

Rubenstein Auditorium


Protecting Your Discoveries

Viviane Martin, PhD

Rubenstein Auditorium


Core Tenets of Effective Mentee-Mentor Relationships

Emma A. Meagher, MD

Rubenstein Auditorium


Lunch — Please fill your lunch box and head to your assigned session. SCTR Commons
12:00-12:40PM Speed Mentoring

Pursuing Careers in Industry — Panel & Lunch

Moderator: Philippe Szapary, MD, MSCE

SCTR Commons SCTR 10-146 AB

Pursuing Careers in Industry —  Panel & Lunch

Moderator: Philippe Szapary, MD, MSCE

Speed Mentoring SCTR 10-146 AB SCTR Commons


Writing a Successful Career Development Grant (K Award)

Moderator: Jonathan Katz, MD

Panel: Erum Hartung, MD, MSTR and Susan Furth, MD, PhD; Jeffrey Thompson, MD, MSTR and Steven Albelda, MD; Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH

Rubenstein Auditorium

Writing a Successful NIH R Grant

Moderator: David Mankoff, MD, PhD

Panel: Despina Kontos, PhD; David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc; Kelly Allison, PhD; Matthew Weitzman, PhD

SCTR 8-146 AB


Establishing Your Clinical Research Program & Building Your Team

Moderator: Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE

Panel: Mark Neuman, MD, MSc; Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE; Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD; Elizabeth Steider, MBE

SCTR 8-146 AB

Establishing Your Basic Research Program & Building Your Team

Moderator: Benjamin Voight, PhD

Panel: Elizabeth Grice, PhD; Elizabeth Heller, PhD; Eric Joyce, PhD

Rubenstein Auditorium

Smilow Center for Translational Research
Rubenstein Auditorium and Smilow Commons
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Directions: For directions to the Rubenstein Auditorium on the first floor of Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR) click here.

For Panel Sessions held on floor 8 or 10 SCTR in 146AB conference rooms: Take the Smilow elevators to the designated floor, enter through the glass doors, turn right, and follow the hall as far right as possible to the 146AB conference rooms. Signs will be posted as well.

Speed Mentoring: Attendees will have the opportunity to spend time one-on-one with seasoned faculty members. 

Registration: There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Registration is now closed. 

Questions can be directed to Jessica German.

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