THRIV Scholars Program

In February 2018, the University of Virginia applied for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), which will allow us to join a national network of 60+ medical research institutions working together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly. The network collaborates locally and regionally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools, and processes. (We were featured on the Dean’s Office Blog in February, 2017, which you can read here.)

In order to apply for the CTSA, we needed to demonstrate that we already have a thriving clinical/translational research program across Grounds that facilitates activity across the Commonwealth. As such, we developed the Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV), a pan-University effort. One of THRIV’s major milestones is to create a mentored career-development award, a program that will train small groups of junior faculty seeking a clinical and translational research career. The inaugural class — which includes junior faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering and Applied Sciences — was announced in May, 2017.  The second cohort began on July 1, 2018 and includes junior faculty from Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

Meet the inaugural THRIV Scholars Cohort here.

Meet the 2018 THRIV Scholars Cohort here.

Our combined THRIV Scholars Cohorts are pictured below:

(l-r) Meghan Mattos, Andrew Schomer, Thomas Hartka, J. Nicholas Brenton, Brynne Sullivan, Kyle Lampe, Karen C. Johnston, Dustin Walters, Jessica Keim-Malpass, Kathleen McManus, Sana Syed

All THRIV Scholars gather weekly to participate in a dedicated curriculum which includes integrated and interactive flipped-classroom sessions; intensive data-science training; professional, career, proposal, and promotion and tenure development opportunities; research ethics discussions; media training; and “ask me about my research” sessions. The curriculum is supported by diverse faculty from multiple schools and departments across the institution.  Additional learning opportunities include experiential learning, research methods instruction, mentored translational experiences, and off-Grounds site visits. The awardees receive funding from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office for two years beginning on July 1 of the year of selection.

The entire THRIV team wishes to thank our leadership, department chairs, our teammates, our mentors, and our community.  We have a large group of people supporting and participating in the growth and development of our scholars as they pursue their research projects and goals and we are grateful for such widespread support.