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 8th Cohort of Roadmap Scholars: Nicole LapinelNicole Lapinel, MD (LSUHSC-New Orleans), Raoul ManalacRaoul Manalac, MD (Pennington Biomedical), andChristine BojanowskiChristine Bojanowski, MD (Tulane University).

All three Scholars began on July 1st and have enrolled in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program. Dr. Lapinel's project is titled "Detection of Mycobacterium avium complex and Mycobacterium abscessus Using Proteomics Analysis to Improve Clinical Diagnostic Efficiency" and she will be investigating more effective diagnostic methods for identifying and differentiating Nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) to potentially lead to more effective, less costly NTM treatment. Dr. Manalac's project is titled “The Investigation of a Pragmatic Approach to Obesity and Diabetes Prevention in a Clinic Setting " and will focus on developing and implementing weight loss intervention strategies to prevent the progression of prediabetes to diabetes among vulnerable Louisiana residents. Dr. Bojanowski's project is titled "Role of IL-22 BP in Sinopulmonary Infection and Colonization with Staphylococcus Aureus" and she will explore whether interleukin-22 binding protein (IL-22 BP) plays a causal role in bacterial persistence in the airway of Cystic Fibrosis patients. All three projects focus on significant clinical problems that are common in Louisiana and characteristic of disparity.

For further detail about each Scholar's project, please visit the following link on the Professional Development Core website: cores/professional-development/roadmap-scholars/