Amit Paul Receives CCTS Multidisciplinary Team Science Award at COM Research Forum

Lauren Walsh
Post date: 
December 8, 2014

For the second year the Center for Clinical and Translational Science presented an award for Multidisciplinary Team Science at the College of Medicine Research Forum. This year’s award recipient was Amit Paul, a graduate student from the Department of Bioengineering, for his project titled, “A Predictive 3D High-Content/High-Throughput Screening Platform to Enhance Multilineage Stem Cell Differentiation and Improve Human Pancreatic Islet Viability.”  Amit will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for his accomplishment.

The CCTS team science award seeks to promote and recognize excellence in multidisciplinary or bi-disciplinary clinical-translational research at any point along the translational continuum.  In addition to the abstract submitted to the College of Medicine Research Forum, candidates for the CCTS award must provide a statement on how their work constitutes translational science, be that transferring new discoveries in the lab to testing in humans or translating the results of clinical studies to everyday practice.

In addition to the first place award, honorable mention was given to Michael Fettiplace, Department of Neuroscience; Daniel Fitzgerald, PhD, Department of Psychiatry; Bill Chiu, MD, Department of Surgery; and Annemarie MacNamara, PhD, Psychiatry. These projects not only reflected good science but a translational approach to research without which health investigators could not move scientific discoveries to clinical interventions and improved community health.

The CCTS will offer Multidisciplinary Team Science Awards at the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and School of Public Health research days in Spring 2015.