Young Investigators Research Forum 2018-10-12T18:12:21+00:00

Young Investigators Research Forum

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Issue Date: October 1, 2018
Submission Due Date: November 31, 2018 by 11:59 pm CT
Award Selection Notification: By January 11, 2019
Number of Selected Participants: 30
YIRF Dates and Location: April 10-12, 2019
Bethesda Marriott Suites
6711 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817

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The 11th annual AASM Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) will be held April 10-12, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. 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. Travel and lodging will be coordinated and paid by the AASM Foundation for selected applicants.

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 YIRF 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 (NIH) scientific and program officers.

Upon completion of the YIRF, young investigators will be able to:

  • Understand how to build a successful career in sleep research, including how to effectively write specific aims, 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).
  • We encourage applicants to be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The YIRF is a 3-day event and consists of didactic presentations, workshops, and small group sessions covering study design, presentation skills, grantsmanship, a mock grant review, and the mentor-mentee relationship. 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.

Below, you’ll find a draft agenda based on the 2018 YIRF. The agenda will be similar but is subject to change slightly as we determine the most valuable topics for the research forum.

Download 2018 YIRF Agenda

Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by the AASM Foundation for up to a maximum of $1,200 dollars per young investigator. Selected applicants will be provided detailed information for booking flights and reserving lodging accommodations.

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