Junior faculty members sought for annual research retreat

February 19, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Older Americans Independence Center (UM OAIC), in collaboration with the Michigan Alzheimer Disease Core Center (MADCC), will be hosting its annual research retreat entitled “Human Research Across the Translational Spectrum: from the Lab to the Real World.”

The goal of the research retreat — to be held May 28 and 29 in Ann Arbor — is to assist talented junior faculty members to learn more about current problems and progress in this area, and to provide these scientists with candid feedback about their own research ideas. Relevant areas can span clinical, epidemiological and health care research. 

Based on the needs and interests of the junior faculty participants, external reviewers and speakers will be invited to complement local U-M experts. The retreat will feature research seminars presented by two keynote speakers, as well as presentations by UM OAIC senior faculty on topics related to research career development.

Much of the workshop will be devoted to “mock” study sections, during which junior faculty members will have the opportunity to have their own grant proposals reviewed by their colleagues and by experienced senior faculty scholars. By reviewing projects of their peers, and hearing the critiques of experienced reviewers, participants gain valuable insights into the peer review process that may improve their own grant-writing skills. This is also an outstanding opportunity to network with both leading senior and “up-and-coming” junior researchers. 

Each junior faculty member selected for this workshop will be expected to provide a copy of a grant proposal on which he or she wishes to receive advice. 

Junior faculty colleagues who want to participate in this program should email nalexand@umich.edu and describe how participation would benefit their research, indicate the type of grant to be submitted and submit a copy of their CV.