Investigator Skills Development Working Group

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The national Investigator Skills Development Working Group (ISD-WG) meets monthly to coordinate and foster collaborative efforts among the P50 Center Investigator Development Cores. Its activities are coordinated by the Research Coordinating Center's ISD Unit.

Key Activities

  • Aid in the development and ongoing support of early-stage investigators
  • Coordinate efforts to establish and maintain diverse skills development opportunities built upon the expertise of the MCD P50 Centers
  • Share best practices for investigator development across P50 Centers
  • Foster cross-P50 Center collaboration
  • Facilitate broad access to research mentors and other resources
  • Address the needs of MCD researchers within various professions and settings

Members

  • Safwan M. Badr, MD, MBA
    ACHIEVE GREATER: Wayne State University
    Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Susan A Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH
    C2DREAM: University of Minnesota
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Felicity Enders, PhD, MPH
    C2DREAM: Mayo Clinic
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Andrew Busch, PhD
    C2DREAM: Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Tarissa Host
    C2DREAM: University of Minnesota
    C2DREAM ID Core Program Associate
  • Arshiya Ahmed Baig, MD, MPH
    C3EN: University of Chicago
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Melanie Norstrom, PhD
    C3EN: University of Chicago
    Senior Program Manager, Investigator Development Core
  • Brad Appelhans, PhD
    C3EN: Rush University
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Bei Wu, PhD
    CAHPE: New York University
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
  • Melissa Simon, MD, MPH
    CAHPE: Rutgers University
  • Lisa Lanza, PhD, MPH, RDN, CLC
    CAHPE: Rutgers University
  • Daichi Shimbo, MD
    COMMUNITY: Columbia University
    Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Marisol Castellano, MS
    COMMUNITY: Columbia University
  • Mark Williams, PhD
    CRHSJ: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Orlando M. Gutierrez, MD, MMSc
    DSCRDCD: University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Clayton Yates, PhD
    DSCRDCD: Tuskegee University
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Michael Welsch, PhD
    DSCRDCD: University of Mississippi
  • Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD
    DSCRDCD: Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH
    MACCHE: Johns Hopkins University
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Somnath Saha, MD, MPH
    MACCHE: Johns Hopkins University
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Mary Ann Stephens, PhD
    MACCHE: Johns Hopkins University
    Program Manager, Investigator Development Core
  • Donna D. Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD
    SCCLH: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Kayla de la Haye, PhD
    SCCLH: USC Keck School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • John Elder, PhD, MPH
    SCCLH: UC San Diego
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Fernando Villalta, PhD
    SCIESCD: Vanderbilt University
    Director, Investigator Development Core
  • David Haas, MD
    SCIESCD: Vanderbilt University
    Associate Director, Investigator Development Core
  • William Scott, PhD
    SCIESCD: University of Miami
    Associate Director, Investigator Development Core
  • Donna L. Washington, MD, MPH, FACP
    UC END-DISPARITIES: University of California, Los Angeles/Veterans Affairs
    Member, Investigator Development Core
  • Dara Sorkin, PhD
    UC END-DISPARITIES: University of California, Irvine
    Member, Investigator Development Core
  • Mandana Khalili, MD
    RCC-RD-MCD: University of California, San Francisco
    Director, Investigator Skills Development Unit
  • Edwin Charlebois, PhD, MPH
    RCC-RD-MCD: University of California, San Francisco
    Associate Director, Investigator Skills Development Unit
  • Rochelle Blanco
    RCC-RD-MCD: University of California, San Francisco
    Manager, Investigator Skills Development Unit