Young Investigators Research Forum
Now Accepting Applications!
|Issue Date:||September 30, 2019|
|Application Due Date:||November 29, 2019|
|Award Selection Notification:||By January 20, 2020|
|YIRF 2020 Date:||April 1-3 2020|
|YIRF Venue:||The Bethesdan Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
The 3-day research forum is designed to aid the career development of promising young investigators in clinical and translational sleep medicine research. Successful applicants will be selected based on past research productivity and future promise in sleep medicine research. Selected attendees will be awarded a scholarship that includes travel, lodging, and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation.
This research retreat is aimed at providing guidance, tactics, and strategies to better position young investigators for a successful career in clinical sleep research. The aims are to:
- Foster the pursuit of clinical research in sleep medicine by junior faculty and fellows training in sleep medicine
- Disseminate vital information required for pursuing a career in research
- Serve as a primer for obtaining grant funding
- Provide an opportunity to network and establish extramural research mentorship
The Young Investigators Research Forum will provide an opportunity for collegial interaction with other young investigators and established senior investigators across the broad spectrum of clinical sleep research, as well as with National Institutes of Health scientific and program officers.
Upon completion of the Young Investigators Research Forum, trainees will be able to:
- Understand how to build a successful career in sleep research, including how to foster collaborations and develop mentorship relationships
- Understand the policies and various mechanisms for sleep research funding
- Gain insight on the grant peer review structure and process
- Further develop specific aims for a grant proposal
- Early-career researchers (residents, clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty) at U.S.-based institutions who are actively engaged and planning to continue a career in clinical or translational sleep medicine research.
- Physicians (MD or DO) or researchers (PhD or other similar doctoral degree).
- Must members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and/or Sleep Research Society.
The YIRF is a 3-day event and 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, young investigators will have the opportunity to present their current research, provide feedback on each other’s research proposals and review a grant.
The tentative Young Investigators Research Forum 2020 agenda can be found below. The program is subject to change as plans for the research forum are finalized.
Selected attendees will be awarded a scholarship that includes travel, lodging, and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation.
The Young Investigators Research Forum leadership will evaluate and score all submitted applications. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:
- Contribution to Science: Clear commitment to sleep research through publication and project efforts, and training to date.
- Abstract and Specific Aims: Current or planned research is scientifically sound and will facilitate advancement in sleep research.
- Career Plan: Focused future career goals in sleep research.
- Mentorship: Appropriate mentors are identified, and plan will help fill gaps in knowledge, skillset, and abilities. If no mentors are identified, the plan clearly outlines strategies for acquiring mentorship and support for filling gaps in knowledge, skillset, and abilities.
- Appropriateness: How participation in the Young Investigators Research Forum will enhance the applicant’s career trajectory.
Step 1: AASM Foundation Grant Request registration
To apply for this the Young Investigators Research Forum, you must register on AASM Foundation Grant Request. Please refer to the AASM Foundation Grant Request User Access Guide for guidance on setting-up an account.
Step 2: Complete application
Full applications must be completed and submitted through AASM Foundation Grant Request. Instructions for required forms are available via the online submission system. The Application Checklist below shows required attachments to be uploaded.
We encourage potential applicants to contact us early in the application process with questions. Eligibility questions may need to be reviewed by a member of the AASM Foundation Executive Committee, so please allow for at least a 1-week response time for eligibility questions. For all other inquiries, please allow a minimum of two business days for a response. Please note that questions received within 48 hours of an application deadline may not be answered before the deadline.
2019 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty
|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|
|Sammy Dhaliwal, MSc, MS||George Washington University|
|Denise Dewald, MD||Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine|
|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|
|Robert Stretch, MD||David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA|
|Nancy Stewart, DO||University of Nebraska Medical Center|
|Samuel Taylor, Jr., MD, MS||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Jason Yu, MD||University of Pennsylvania|
|Ivan Wu, PhD||University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|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 (President, AASM Foundation)||University of California, Los Angeles and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System|
|Jason C. Ong, PhD||Northwestern University|
|Neomi Shah, MD, MPH||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|Ronald Szymusiak, PhD||David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA|
|Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc||University School of Medicine|
|Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|Michael V. Vitiello, PhD||Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle|
2018 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty
|Omavi Bailey, MD, MPH||University of Arizona|
|Sarah Ballou, PhD||Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|
|Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MBBS||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Priya Borker, MD||Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|
|Sergio Cananzi, PhD||Louisiana State University Health Science Center|
|Cecilia Castro-Diehl, MD, DrPH||Boston University|
|Diana Chirinos, PhD||Northwestern University|
|Jonathan Elliott, PhD||University of Portland|
|Danielle Goldfarb, MD||Brown University Alpert Medical School|
|Jennifer Goldschmied, PhD||University of Pennsylvania|
|Sasikanth Gorantla, MBBS||University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria|
|Elias Karroum , MD, PhD||George Washington University School of Medicine|
|Lynn Kataria, MD||George Washington University School of Medicine|
|Ilia Kritikou, MD||University of Pennsylvania|
|Vaishnavi Kundel, MD||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|Younghoon Kwon, MD||University of Virginia|
|Dominique Low, MD||Johns Hopkins University|
|Jennifer Marsella , MD||University of Rochester|
|Saif Mashaqi, MBBS||University of North Dakota|
|Katherine Miller, PhD||VA Palo Alto Health Care System|
|Brienne Miner, MD||Yale University|
|Christopher Schmickl, MD, PhD||Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|
|Aarti Shakkottai, MD||University of Michigan|
|Danica Slavish, PhD||University of North Texas|
|Christine Spadola, PhD||Harvard University|
|Allison Wilkerson, PhD||Medical University of South Carolina|
|Lynn Marie Trotti, MD (Chair)||Emory University|
|Alberto Ramos, MD (Vice Chair)||University of Miami|
|M. Safwan Badr, MD||Wayne State University|
|Ruth Benca, MD, PhD||University of California, Irvine|
|Martica Hall, PhD||University of Pittsburgh|
|Aaron Laposky, PhD||National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|Beth Malow, MD||Vanderbilt University|
|Rachel Manber, PhD||Stanford University|
|Jennifer Martin, PhD||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Jason Ong, PhD||Northwestern University|
|Sai Parthasarathy, MD||University of Arizona|
|Michael Twery, PhD||National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|