Penn Autoimmunity Clinical Center of Excellence (ACE), ME Time!
As part of the newly NIH-funded Penn Autoimmunity Clinical Center of Excellence (ACE), ME Time! is a program of Mentoring and Enrichment for early stage physician-investigators, including junior faculty and clinical and research fellows. Penn ACE members represent research in pemphigus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and systemic lupus erythematosus and span across the departments of Dermatology, Neurology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Medicine-Rheumatology.
ME Time! synergizes with the following resources on campus to supplement your scientific and/or clinical training with professional career development activities:
- Physician-Scientist Pathway (PSP) and Immunology Fellows network: Lunchtime seminars will feature presentations by Penn ACE and other faculty members on their clinical and research expertise, career experiences, and career advice. Happy hour panel discussions will focus on professional career development topics such as how to write a career development award, negotiation strategies, laboratory management skills, and how to protect intellectual property.
- Clinical Research Training: Professional development curricula include masters and certificate programs in translational research and regulatory science and affairs. Penn ACE members are experienced in mentoring trainees in autoimmunity research through these programs. A one-day symposium is held each spring for junior investigators, focusing on successful strategies for clinical and translational research.
- Translational Research Training: Penn ACE members, in collaboration with colleagues at Penn Vet and in ITMAT, can advise residency-trained veterinarians on the translational research fellowship training opportunity available through the CTSA COHA. The deadline is January 8, 2020. A full list of CTSA COHA fellowship opportunities is listed here.
ME Time! also offers the following resources:
- Grant application review: Penn ACE members are available to review your K or early stage investigator award applications (eg, specific aims) in autoimmunity. Applicants should allow a minimum of 2 weeks for review and comment. Email the Program Contact (below) for further information.
- Educational and travel fellowships: Post-doctoral trainees can apply for partial funding to present autoimmune disease research (poster or oral presentation) at national or international research meetings, or to attend educational programs such as the Immunology courses at the FOCIS annual meeting. Applications should be submitted 30 business days prior to conference/course start date. Applications will be accepted starting in January 2020.
Penn ACE Investigators: