ACTS Recognizes Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees at Translational Science 2024

researchers presenting posters
Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees: Sydni Williams – Blue Ribbon & ACTS Travel Award, Omar Jean-Baptiste – Gold Ribbon, Kamaria Dansby – Blue Ribbon, Catherine McGeoch – Gold Ribbon

Congratulations to Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees recognized by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) during Translational Science 2024 (TS2024). “Translational Science 2024 provided a wonderful opportunity for our TL1 trainees across the Georgia CTSA to present their research in poster and oral sessions and network with other TL1 trainees from across the country," says Thomas Ziegler, MD, Co-Director, Georgia CTSA TL1.

During the event, trainees, junior faculty, and senior scientists focused on Innovating to Increase Equity across clinical research and translational science, emphasizing diversity, and translational and team science. “Our Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees did a fantastic job presenting their impactful clinical and translational research at this year’s meeting! They received many accolades for their work, including ribbon awards and travel awards. Our trainees’ successes highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Georgia CTSA TL1 Program. We look forward to their continued success,” adds Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD, MSCR, Co-Director, Georgia CTSA TL1 Program.

The following Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees were recognized for their work:

  • Omar Jean-Baptiste – Gold Ribbon
    • Predictors of Autologous Fat Grafting in Immediate, Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction
  • Catherine McGeoch – Gold Ribbon
    • Total-body symptom assessment in patients with idiopathic orthostatic intolerance to improve symptomatic management
  • Aaron Chase, PharmD – Blue Ribbon award
    • Does incorporation of plasma biomarkers to the Lung Injury Prediction Score improve the predictive value for development of acute respiratory distress syndrome?
  • Kamaria Dansby – Blue Ribbon award
    • Investigation of the epidemiological differences associated with Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection
      • “The Georgia CTSA TL1 program has allowed me to flourish as a young investigator equipping me with skills to conduct rigorous research while providing ample opportunities to collaborate and learn from other researchers.  I am so appreciative of this program and my mentorship team for the support of my work,” reflects Dansby.
  • Sydni Williams – Blue Ribbon award and ACTS travel award for TS2024
    • Race-related stress is associated with low weight and gestational age at birth in a prospective cohort study of pregnant Black persons
      • “The Georgia CTSA TL1 Program has not only provided me with a comprehensive network of experienced individuals who offer guidance and advice in my research endeavors but also facilitated the development of tangible skills crucial for my journey towards becoming an independent researcher. This invaluable experience has equipped me with a diverse set of resources and connections, positioning me within a community of peers who share my aspirations and mentors who possess the knowledge and insight necessary to navigate the path ahead,” remarks Williams.
researchers attending poster session

Emory Postdoctoral Fellow Christina Michalski, PhD, with Georgia CTSA TL1 Trainees: Hannah Cebull, PhD; Reema Martini, Catherine McGeoch, Nicholas Thomas, MPH; Sydni Williams, and Omar Jean-Baptiste

In addition to the ACTS awards, this year at Translational Science 2024, PhRMA Foundation also recognized their award recipients including PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Medicine recipients from Emory: Christina Michalski, PhD, and Jake Rhodes, PhD, Georgia CTSA Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) trainee.

Save the date for next year's conference, which will be held in the nation's capital, Washington, DC, from April 15-17, 2025.

“The TL1 program has been an incredible learning experience both inside and outside the classroom - from learning how to conduct clinical research and training under experts in the field, to being surrounded by incredibly accomplished colleagues, this program has been instrumental in my development as a young investigator,” comments Reema Martini, TL1 Trainee.

The Georgia CTSA TL1 Program provides outstanding opportunities for clinical and translational science training for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees at the Georgia CTSA partner institutions: Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine, and UGA. The program is focused on providing didactic and mentored research training for predoctoral (medical students, PhD students, PharmD students) and postdoctoral (resident and fellow physicians, PhD postdocs, PharmD residents) trainees interested in a career focused on clinical and/or translational research relevant to human health.