"Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight”
Venues for professional development activities, scientific presentations and networking opportunities with peers, faculty and academic biomedical research Institutions.
Where Are They Now?
Future discoveries that will lead to a reduction in the burden of neurological disorders will require an outstanding cadre of scientists in basic, clinical, and translational research across all segments of society. Here we highlight those outstanding neuroscientists who have taken advantage of the many NINDS diversity programs to become successful researchers in their field.
Dr. Deisre Tshala-Katumbay
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon
In 2005, I received a Diversity K01 award from NINDS to help develop my expertise in Neurotoxicology, Experimental Neurology, and Global Health. Under the guidance of my mentor, I immersed myself into challenging technologies to further elucidate the structure-activity requirements for hydrocarbons to induce neurotoxicity, identify markers (proteins) and their respective moieties that appear critically associated with mechanisms of axonal degeneration. My research continues to examine the physicochemical properties of natural/environmental neurotoxicants to probe the pathophysiology of the motor system. For instance, I have been able to deliver small peptides selectively to neurons via retrograde axonal transport and hence, circumventing the hurdles posed the blood brain barrier for drug candidates to reach the nervous system (achievement under US provisional patent).
In 2009, I was awarded an R21 grant from NIEHS to develop a Global Health line of research in relation to cassava cyanogenesis and motor neuron disease. This grant led to the successful submission in 2011 of a R01 grant to continue with this research. The NINDS-K01 award helped to propel me to positions with both national and international recognition. I currently serve on the NAS (National Academy of Sciences) North American regional committee of IBRO and NIH study sections while pursuing my research lines on mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases
Transition Outcome: R01 (awarded 2011)
Research Interest: My current line of research focuses on the complex interactions between diet, environmental factors, and genetic polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of motor system degeneration. Research findings, publications, and description of global health activities can be found at Tshala-Katumbay Lab.
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2014 NINDS Grant Writing Workshop for Diverse Researchers
Intensive Workshop on Grant Writing, Preparation and Submission in Neuroscience Research
NINDS provides biannual workshop focused on grant writing to improve the outcomes of the grant submissions from diversity investigators (see previous workshop)
The next workshop will be held July 21 - 22, 2014 at the Double Tree in Bethesda, MD.
Enable promising diverse postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to finalize and highly competitive proposal to the NINDS for neuroscience research (e.g. K22, K01, R01, etc.) by the end of the workshop. We also welcome those NINDS diverse investigators who are currently working on resubmissions of K22, K01 or R01 applications. All participants MUST bring a copy of their draft research plan to the workshop, the goal is to help polish and provide advice on an already written high quality document.
In addition, the meeting will facilitate interaction among minority, disabled and disadvantaged investigators and also the development of scientific networks with established and experienced investigators who will serve as onsite mentors/coaches during the grant development sessions.
***A limited amount of funding is available for travel awards.***
Travel awards (up to $1100) will be available to attendees residing outside of a 50 mile radius of Bethesda, MD.
To be considered please send a compiled PDF attachment with all the required items below:
*Letters of Support
Each applicant is required to obtain at least one letter of support for their application which must be submitted by the following persons:
Please send all requests directly to the email box below: NINDSDiversityTraining@ninds.nih.gov
Once accepted, participants must agree to complete the Specific Aims and Research Strategy of the SF 424 as preparatory work prior to the Workshop. Participants will bring a laptop to revise and edit the document during the two day meeting.
Please feel free to email me directly with further questions (email@example.com).
Last Modified March 7, 2014