Young Investigators Research Forum

This career-building research retreat brings together early career investigators and renowned sleep investigators. The research forum provides guidance, tactics and strategies to better position early career investigators for a successful career in research.

2019 YIRF Young Investigators

Ritwick Agrawal, MD, MS
Baylor College of Medicine/Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Mansoureh Barzegar, MS
Louisiana State University of Health Science Center

Jennifer Blankenship, PhD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Omonigho Bubu, MD, MPH, PhD
NYU Langone Health

Gwendolyn Carlson, PhD
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Amit Chopra, MD
Allegheny Health Network

Ashley Curtis, PhD
University of Missouri

Denise Dewald, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sammy Dhaliwal, MSc, MS
George Washington University

Brynn Dredla, MD
Mayo Clinic

Justina Gamache, MD
University of Washington

Stephanie Griggs, PhD, RN
Yale University School of Nursing

Jessica Hamilton, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Mojdeh Heavner, PharmD
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Steve Holfinger, MD, MS
The Ohio State University

Erica Jansen, PhD
University of Michigan

Sonya Kaur, PhD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Monica Kelly, PhD
Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System

David Kim, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Lee, PhD
California Institute of Technology

Xiaoyu Li, ScD
Harvard Medical School

Junjie Liu, MD, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine

Ivy Mason, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Anna Mullins, PhD
The Icahn School of Medicine

Jennifer Newitt, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ankit Parekh, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Rachel Rowe, PhD
University of Arizona

Nancy Stewart, DO
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Robert Stretch, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Samuel Taylor, Jr., MD, MS
Virginia Commonwealth University

Ivan Wu, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jason Yu, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Alberto Ramos, MD, MSPH (Chair) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Azizi Seixas, PhD (Vice Chair) NYU Langone Health
M. Safwan Badr, MD Wayne State University
Jennifer L. Martin, PhD David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Christopher O’Donnell, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Jason C. Ong, PhD Northwestern University
Neomi Shah, MD, MPH Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ronald Szymusiak, PhD UCLA
Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc Emory University
Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Michael V. Vitiello, PhD University of Washington

The Young Investigators Research Forum consists of didactic presentations, workshops, and small group sessions covering scientific writing and stewardship, opportunities for funding and collaboration, navigating the academic environment, and networking. As active participants, early career investigators will have the opportunity to present their current research, provide feedback on each other’s research proposals and review a grant.

The Young Investigators Research Forum is held in-person with webinars done prior to and after the 3-day in-person meeting at Bethesda, Maryland. The program is subject to change as plans for the research forum are finalized.

Download 2019 Program