New SOM Strategic Plan “Forward Together” Awards Promote Joint Hires Between Clinical and Basic Science Departments

Two awards for 2019-20 will support recruitments in the Departments of Cell Biology and Physiology, Orthopaedics, and Medicine/Cardiology.

The School of Medicine (SOM) is host to an exceptional array of researchers across the basic and clinical sciences.  A new research initiative in the SOM Strategic Plan “Forward Together” capitalizes on these strengths by fostering joint hires across basic and clinical departments.

In its inaugural year, this initiative provided two awards for recruitments in 2019-20.  One joint faculty recruitment by the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and the Department of Orthopaedics, is targeted at recruiting expertise in translational research in scoliosis and osteoarthritis.  This research program will synergize with and coordinate musculoskeletal research endeavors between Cell Biology and Physiology, Orthopaedics, the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, and other areas performing musculoskeletal research throughout the Research Triangle.

The second joint recruitment by the Department of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) and the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, is aimed at recruiting a clinician scientist with a research program in cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis using innovative single cell approaches. This work will span human genetic studies to mechanisms of atherosclerosis using mouse models and foster collaborations across CBP, Cardiology, and the McAllister Heart Institute.

Each award provides $300,000 towards the joint startup package for successful recruitment in these strategic areas.  This initiative is expected to increase research collaboration and integration of basic and clinical scientists fueling discovery and innovation to improve human health.  A call for applications will be issued annually over the next four years.