Scholars in Translational Medicine Program

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Translational research is among the most challenging and important fields in medicine today. To address this challenge, the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and other UCLA biomedical research centers created and launched the Scholars in Translational Medicine (STM) Program. The STM Program is an extension of the Center’s mission of innovation and excellence, producing the future generation of translational researchers at UCLA.

Fully funded by philanthropy, the STM Program supports the early stages of a physician-scientist’s academic tenure by providing financial resources, critical mentorship, and state-of-the-art facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to junior faculty. Supporting the careers of scientists who aim to accelerate the application of scientific discoveries to the clinic including and beyond the stem cell field, the STM Program awards $150,000 (over three years), allowing scholars to explore their diverse basic science and clinical interests. Awards have been granted to members of the Departments of Biological Chemistry, Cardiology, Dermatology, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, and Urology.

The Program’s inaugural cohort of four scholars has received their final year of funding to advance their basic science research with the intent of moving their discoveries to the clinic. Joining this talented group are five high-caliber scholars who comprise the second and third cohorts and represent a broad range of scientific interests which include discovering melanoma cancer genes, investigating new potential methods of treating brain tumors, exploring the immune mechanisms surrounding a successful pregnancy, discovering and designing novel drugs to treat malaria, and finally exploring regenerative therapies for heart disease.

The philanthropic generosity of our supporters makes possible the successes and continued growth of this critical STM Program, which provides valuable resources that nurture and inspire physician-scientists at significant phases in their careers.