March 1-2, 2018

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Joan McGowan, Ph.D.
Susana Serrate-Sztein, M.D.
Amanda Boyce, Ph.D.
Ricardo Cibotti, Ph.D.

Background and Purpose

The NIH K08 and K23 Career Development Awards provide support for a sustained period of "protected time" (3-5 years) for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor, in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. In 2012, NIAMS held its first Forum for Clinical Mentored K Awardees in response to previous discussions that identified the K-to-R01 transition as a critical point in the development of clinician-scientists’ independent research careers. Based on the positive feedback received from participants, NIAMS also held the meeting in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 to bring together physician-scientists who are currently in the third year of their NIAMS K08 or K23 award, as well as physician-scientists who have recently received R01 (or equivalent independent research) awards, established clinician-researchers, early-stage physician-scientists in the NIAMS intramural research program, and representatives of professional and voluntary organizations. The meeting allowed for shared, open discourse on the challenges early-stage investigators face in pursuing research independence. The forum also provided an opportunity for the K awardees to network with one another and to interact with NIAMS leadership and extramural staff. The long-term goal of the forum is to enhance the Institute’s support of early-stage physician-scientists by encouraging and enabling K08 and K23 awardees to continue performing basic, translational, and/or patient-oriented research in their chosen fields.

March 1: Research Presentations

On Thursday, March 1, the first day of the Forum, the K08 and K23 awardees and the NIAMS intramural scientists presented an overview of their research. Each scientist outlined their projects and progress and answered questions from the other attendees. The session gave the early-stage researchers the opportunity to share information about their work, receive input, and provide feedback to their peers.

March 2

The second day of the meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather and subsequent closure of the facilities where the meeting was to be held. The Institute thanks all of those who took time to attend the meeting.


*BARTON, Jennifer, M.D., Oregon Health & Science University
CAULEY, Jane, Dr.P.H., University of Pittsburgh
*DEMEHRI, Shadmehr, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
EAKIN, Guy, Ph.D., Arthritis Foundation
*JAMES, Aaron, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
JAN DE BEUR, Suzanne, M.D., Johns Hopkins University
*JONES, Morgan, M.D., Cleveland Clinic
KASHIKAR-ZUCK, Susmita, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
LEDER, Benjamin, M.D., Representing the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
LEVI, Benjamin, M.D., University of Michigan
LIAO, Katherine, M.D., M.P.H., Harvard Medical School
*LIARSKI, Vladimir, M.D., M.Sc., University of Chicago
*LIU, Eva, M.D., Harvard Medical School
MARCHIOLO, Eryn, M.P.H., Representing the American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Research Foundation
MILLER, Lloyd, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
ORLANDO, Lianna, Ph.D., Muscular Dystrophy Association
*SIBLEY, Cailin, M.D., M.H.S., Oregon Health & Science University
SIEGEL, Michael, Ph.D., National Psoriasis Foundation
SU, Laura, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
*TAKESHITA, Junko, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
*TOURVILLE, Timothy, Ph.D., University of Vermont
*TSAI, Joy, M.D., Harvard Medical School
*VINA, Ernest, M.D., M.S., University of Arizona
*WEIN, Marc, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

*Indicates current NIAMS K08 or K23 awardees.


BOYCE, Amanda, Ph.D.
BURROWS, Stephanie Y., Ph.D.
CARTER, Robert, M.D.
CHEN, Faye, Ph.D.
CIBOTTI, Ricardo, Ph.D.
DRUGAN, Jonelle K., Ph.D., M.P.H.
GOURH, Pravitt, M.D.
KATZ, Stephen I., M.D., Ph.D.
KHAN, Shahnaz
LINDE, Anita, M., M.P.P.
MANCINI, Marie, Ph.D.
MCGOWAN, Joan A., Ph.D.
NELSON, Melinda
NGUYEN, Van, Ph.D.
PARSONS, Carol, Ph.D.
REUSS, Reaya, M.S.
SALAITA, Kathy, Sc.D.
SIEGEL, Richard M., M.D., Ph.D.
WITTER, James, M.D., Ph.D.
ZHENG, Ted, Ph.D.