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Professional Development Core Welcomes New Roadmap Scholars

Released: Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Each year the Professional Development Core selects qualified Scholars into the program. The Roadmap Scholars are junior faculty members whose goals are to become sustainable independent researchers. This year, in addition to a submitted application, Scholars were interviewed by all three Co-Directors and the Research Navigator. Please join us in welcoming the 10th Cohort of Roadmap Scholars: Maria D. Sanchez-Pino, MSc, PhD (LSUH-New Orleans), S. Nicole Fearnbach, PhD (Pennington Biomedical), and Crystal Zheng, MD (Tulane University).

All three Scholars began on July 1st and have enrolled in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program. Dr. Sanchez-Pino's project is titled "Revealing the epigenetic signature in obesity-induced MDSC and its association with weight loss by bariatric surgery" and she will evaluate the effect of obesity and bariatric surgery in the epigenetic landscape of myeloid-derived suppressor cells. Dr. Fearnbach's project is titled "Reproductive hormones and energy balance regulation among adolescent girls at risk for obesity" and will examine reproductive hormone levels and energy balance components among adolescent girls. Dr. Zheng’s project is titled "Prevalence and Pathophysiologic Mechanisms of Amenorrhea Among Women Survivors of the 2014 – 2016 Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone" and she will determine the prevalence and pathophysiologic mechanisms of amenorrhea among women Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.

For further detail about each Scholar's project, please visit the following link on the Professional Development Core website: : https://www.lacats.org/key-components/professional-development/roadmap-scholars/


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit www.lacats.org.