Career Development Projects (CDP)
Director: Lawrence Kirschner, M.D., Ph.D. (OSUCCC); Co-Director: Robert Gagel, M.D. (MD Anderson)
The CDP is led by two senior translational researchers who have demonstrated major commitments to academic education and mentorship in leadership positions within their home institutions. Kirschner, the CDP Director at OSU, is the associate director of the M.D., Ph.D. Program, past director of the Endocrinology Fellowship, and served on the Department of Internal Medicine Internship committee, College of Medicine Curriculum Development Committee, and Institutional Graduate Medical Education committee. Gagel, the CDP co-director at MD Anderson, is a professor and past chairman of the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, as well as past head of the Division of Internal Medicine. He has mentored a large number of young postdoctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and young faculty members. Both of these individuals are committed to recruiting and supporting new investigators to enter thyroid cancer translational research as well as supporting established investigators from other areas interested in moving into the thyroid cancer field. Both are experienced grant reviewers and have administered large programs within their own institutions, thus both are highly-qualified leaders for the CDP. There will be interaction and involvement with CTSA programs at both institutions, which provide lectures and materials and additional training for grant writing for young faculty members.