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When: Second Tuesday of each month. Time: Noon Where: Zoom 

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The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) sponsors K-Club, a monthly lunchtime meeting or early-career clinical and translational researchers. Each meeting features a speaker who is preparing a grant application, which may be a career development award such as NIH individual K award proposal, VA Career Development award, or an independent research project proposal such as a first R01.

The speaker presents his or her Specific Aims page to a group of peers and senior investigators and receives feedback about the science, career development plan, and writing. This is a safe environment for those early in their research careers to benefit from the expertise of senior investigators who want them to be successful. It also provides a venue for peer investigators to learn from each other. Senior faculty from pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry are regular participants.

If you would like to present at K-Club please email with your name, project title, and when your proposal is due.

Upcoming Presenters

Date Speaker Topic
Februrary 13th, 2024 Dr. Afaf Osman TBA
March 5th, 2024 Dr. Rebecca Delaney TBA
April 2nd, 2024 Dr. Nicole Pershing TBA
May 6th, 2024 Dr. Dusti Jones TBA
June 4th, 2024 Dr. Larissa McGarrity TBA


Past Presenters

Date Speaker Topic
January 9th, 2024 Dr. Tammy Stump In-The-Moment Predictors and Intervention Strategies for Young Adults' Sun Exposure
December 5, 2023 Vicki Tiase, PhD AI Modeling of Nursing Workload to Understand Burnout
November 7, 2023 Abigail Pulsipher, PhD From Academia to Industry and Back Again: Lessons Learned
October 24, 2023 Rebecca Overbury, MD, MS Transfer Outcomes in Patients with Childhood Onset Rheumatic Disease
October 3, 2023 Lindsay Collin, PhD, MPH A multilevel framework for improving ovarian cancer outcomes
September 5, 2023 JD Smith, PhD Implementation Science
August 2023 Summer Hiatus  
July 2023 Summer Hiatus  
June 6, 2023 Brian Flaherty, MD TBA
May 2, 2023 Kathleen Job, PhD TBA
December 6, 2022

Lyalya Sultanova

Grants and Contracts Officer

Information Session on K12 Application and FOA
November 1, 2022

Andrew Knighton, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor

Implementation Science

Intermountain Healthcare Delivery Institute, Kem C Gardner Transformation Center

October 4, 2022

Elizabeth Siantz, PhD

Assistant Professor

College of Social Work

September 13, 2022

Anna Parks, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Hematology & Hematologic Malignancies

September 6, 2022

Nicola Camp, PhD


Internal Medicine

Utah Population Database (UPDB) overview, key findings that have come out of it, and the process for using it
August 2, 2022

Gita Suneja, MD, MS

Radiation Oncology

Cancer Treatment Disparities in People Living with HIV: From Awareness to Action
June 7, 2022

Joyce Havstad, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Research Ethics in Practice
May 3, 2022

Polina Kukhareva, PhD

Biomedical Informatics Research

Developing an Evaluation Toolkit for Electronic Health Record-Driven Innovations
April 5, 2022

Alessandro Venosa, PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Modeling Stress in the Aging and Susceptible Lung
March 1, 2022

Jonathan Constance, PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Framework for Assessing Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Drug Interactions in Pediatric Cancer
February 15, 2022

Heather Siefkes, MD, MSCI

Pediatric Critical Care

UC Davis Medical Center

Coming soon
February 1, 2022

Gita Suneja, MD, MS

Radiation Oncology

Coming soon
January 7, 2022

Tanya Halliday, PhD, RD

Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

Title: Mindfulness to Prevent Weight Regain: From KL2 to R01 Aims
December 7, 2021

Amy Cizik, MPH, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Title: Improving the Clinical Utility of Patient Reported Outcomes Measures Through Surgeon Engagement and Clinical Encounter Decision Aids
November 16, 2021

Eileen Hwang, MD, PhD

Moran Eye Center

Coming soon


November 2, 2021

Nasser Sharareh, PhD

Population Health Sciences

Coming soon


October 5, 2021

Jake Magel, DSc, PhD

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Title: Combining Physical Therapy with Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement to Treat Patients with Co-occurring Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain and Opioid Misuse: A Multisite Feasibility Clinical Trial
September 7, 2021

Adam Ware, MD

Primary Children's Medical Center

Title: Familial Hypercholeresterolemia: Probabilistic Modeling to Identify the Risk of Genetic Dyslipidemia
August 3, 2021

Kimberly Brunisholz, PhD

Internal Medicine

Title: Deconstructed: How to scale adherence to USPSTF diabetes prevention guidelines within a learning health system
July 6, 2021

Amy Cizik, PhD, MPH

Orthopaedics - Research

Title: Improving the Clinical Utility of Patient Recorded Outcomes Measures Through Surgeon Engagement and Visualization

June 1, 2021

David Wetter, PhD

Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equtiy

Community Engagement and Cancer Equity Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Title: The importance of addressing health equity in research and incorporate the imporance of partnerships in doing
May 11, 2021

Ramya Thota, MBBS

GI Medical Oncologist at Intermountain Healthcare

Title: Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of APC + TP53 mutations to predict EGFR inhibitor sensitivity in Colorectal Colon Cancer
April 6, 2021

Jonathan Constance, PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology Dept.

Title: Opioids, Chemotherapy, and Cancer
March 9, 2021

Jessica Cohan, MD, MAS, FACS

Population Health Sciences Dept.

Title: Optimizing Patient-Surgeon Communication for Older Adults with Diverticulitis
February 2, 2021

Guillaume L. Hoareau, PhD, DVM

Surgery Dept.

Title: Mitigating ischemia reperfusion injury following hemorrhagic shock
December 1, 2020

Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, PhD, MSc. 


Title: Genomic Investigations of Pregancy Loss
September 29, 2020

Susan Zickmund, PhD.               

Internal Medicine Dept.

Title: ABC's of Mixed Methods Research: Questions Asked and Answered
September 1, 2020

Melissa Dixon, PhD, MS               

Pediatrics Dept.

Title: Evaluation of Functional Connectivity on Childhood Onset Myotonic Dystrophy
August 4, 2020

Brett Einerson, MD, MPH, FACOG

Obstetrics & Gynecology Dept.

Title: Conservative Management as an Alternative to Hysterectomy for Placenta Acreete Spectrum
May 26, 2020

Lyen Huang, MD, MPH, FACS

Surgery, Family & Preventative Medicine

Title: Developing & Testing Surgical Opioid Stewardship Interventions in Rural Hospitals
May 19, 2020 Amy Cizik, MD Orthopedic Dept. Title: The Clinical Utility of Patient Reported Outcomes Measures at the Point of Care
April 7, 2020

Lisa Taylor-Swanson, PhD

Nursing Dept.

Title: Investigating Interoceptive Awareness And Emotion Regulation In The Context Of Acupuncture For The Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain
March 3, 2020

Brian Stagg, MD

Ophthalmology Dept.

Title: Using Clinical Decision Support for Glaucoma Testing Frequency
January 7, 2020

Lauren Theilen, MD

Ob.& Gyn Dept.

Title:Improving Cardiovascular Health Among Women with a History of Preclampsia
January 6, 2020 Casey Gradick, MD Title: Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care Program


Contact Us

Shaylee Scott
Program Assistant

Lyalya Sultanova
Grants & Contracts Officer

Jennifer Zitterkoph
Associate Director, Grants & Contracts
Phone: 801-213-1504