The UR CTSI announces two 2013 KL2 awardees: Xiuxin Liu, DDS, PhD and Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN. Funding began for Drs. Liu and Lin on July 1st. Since its inception in 2006, the CTSI KL2 program has funded 26 junior faculty with 10 of them going on to receive external K awards. The RFA for the 2014 KL2 program can be found here. Letters of intent are due on Monday, September 27th. The KL2 Mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for new faculty who wish to pursue research careers in multidisciplinary clinical and translational science.
Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dentistry/Eastman Institute for Oral Health. His research activities mainly focus on glia-neuronal interaction and its implication in developmental and clinical disorders. He is especially interested in the pathogenesis and management of dental orofacial pain, and the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. For his KL2 project, he will examine the role of intercellular ATP signaling in dentin sensitivity and orofacial hyperalgesia. Click here to view his faculty profile.
Dr. Lin is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and research associate in the AD-CARE program, Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on preventing cognitive decline in groups at risk for dementia and promoting successful cognitive aging by delivering neuroplasticity-based behavioral interventions. For her KL2 project, she proposes a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy of two types of neuroplasticity-based cognitive training programs to prevent cognitive and functional decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment, a group at high risk for dementia. Click here to view her faculty profile.