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Dr. Arash Babaei receives CTSI 2013 Mentored Career Development Award

May 08, 2013 College News - Arash Babaei, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) 2013 Mentored Career Development Award (KL2).

Dr. Babaei has significant knowledge in the functional connectivity of cortical swallowing network and esophageal motility. His current research goal is to investigate alteration of deglutition connectome in hemispheric stroke patients. Dr. Babaei and his research team will measure metrics of the altered connectome, correlate the measured alterations to objective swallowing deficits in dysphagic stroke patients, and follow them through the recovery phase. His overall career goal is to be an investigator in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility and develop a cutting-edge research program that is independently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural funding agencies.

Dr. Babaei’s mentors are Reza Shaker, MD, Joseph E. Geenen Professor and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Professor of Biophysics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Center for Imaging Research; and Cecilia Hillard, PhD, Director of the Neuroscience Research Center and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology. With this award, Dr. Babaei is now one of six KL2 awardees currently in the program.

The CTSI Mentored Career Development Award Program (KL2) provides mentored training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators. The program provides 75% protected time (up to $140,000 – including salary and fringe benefits) and up to $25,000 in research support per year for up to three years of supervised career development activities and mentored clinical and translational research. The funding for this program is provided by a grant from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin.

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