Early Career Investigator Workshop (2022)

Linthicum Heights, MD US

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Nurturing the success of early-career urologist-scientists is a major goal of the AUA Office of Research and the AUA Research Council. In particular, when the skills needed to be successful in research are well-developed in urology physician-scientists (researchers), they have enhanced abilities to more effectively communicate with their patients on the latest research relevant to the patients’ diseases or conditions, engender greater patient confidence in evidence-based clinical decision-making, and better ensure delivery of the highest quality of patient care through the ability to understand, engage in, and employ in their practice new knowledge from urologic research. The ability to successfully compete for funding for a physician’s own research program is an integral part of the skillset needed to be successful in research. The collaborative Early-Career Investigators Workshop (ECIW) provides an opportunity for promising junior researchers to receive individualized mentoring, insights into the scientific review process, information about independent funding sources, and grant writing guidance. The goal of the workshop is to motivate and support researchers in the early stages of their careers by providing an outstanding program led by established, well-funded investigators (both researchers and other investigators) in urologic research. This 2.5-day workshop and its activities are geared for individuals planning to submit competitive research proposals to the major funders of urologic research.

CURRICULUM: The workshop agenda fosters research career success by providing participants with a solid foundation for successful grant writing. The workshop and activities include interaction with senior scientific advisors in small group and individual sessions. The program consists of four major components:

  • Didactic Instruction
  • Individual Proposal Review and Critique
  • Grant Review/ Revision
  • Mock Study Section

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to educate urologists working in urologic research on skills needed to be successful in research, which will, in turn, enhance their abilities to more effectively communicate with their patients on the latest research relevant to the patients’ diseases or conditions, engender greater patient confidence in evidence-based clinical decision-making, and better ensure delivery of the highest quality of patient care through the ability to understand, engage in, and employ in their practice new knowledge from urologic research. The research skill of focus for this meeting is successful grant writing. The education will be achieved through classroom-style presentations and interactions with senior investigators serving as scientific advisors. Participating scientific advisors will be chosen based on their successful history of funding in urologic research and track record of training pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participating researchers will be able to:

  1. Describe the cutting-edge and developing areas in basic and translational research, and identify components of their research efforts that intersect with or expand upon these;
  2. Develop and refine a compelling, innovative, and testable hypothesis;
  3. Develop a reasonable and ‘do-able’ experimental plan that adequately tests the stated hypothesis;
  4. Identify potential limitations of the proposed experimental plan and alternative experimental outcomes, and develop responsive alternative experimental approaches;
  5. Expand the initial concepts presented in the application to optimally project future directions, concepts, and studies;
  6. Avoid common pitfalls that typically dampen the enthusiasm of grant reviewers; and
  7. Describe the necessary administrative (nuts-and-bolts) components of NIH grant applications.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.00 Non-Physician Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Day One: Thursday, October 13, 2022 

12:00 PM 

Attendee Arrival (light lunch available) 


1:00 PM 

Welcome and Introductions of Faculty and Participants  

Christine Riordan, PhD 
American Urological Association  


Larissa Rodriguez, MD 

Weill Cornell Medicine 

1:20 PM 

NIDDK Grant Mechanisms 

Tracy Rankin, PhD, MPH 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH  

1:45 PM 

NCI Career Development Grant Mechanisms  

Susan Lim, PhD 

National Cancer Institute, NIH 

2:10 PM 

VA Research Funding Opportunities 

Eric Schwinder 

US Department of Veterans Affairs 

2:35 PM 

NIA Urologic Research Portfolio 

Marcel Salive, MD, MPH 

National Institute on Aging, NIH 

3:00 PM 



3:20 PM 

DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs: Funding Opportunities and Application Review 

Theresa Miller, PhD 

DoD Congressionally Directed  
Medical Research Programs 

3:45 PM 

American Cancer Society Research Programs 

Ellie Daniels, MD, MPH 

American Cancer Society 

4:10 PM 

AUA, Urology Care Foundation, and Other Grant Mechanisms 

W. Taylor Monson, MA 

American Urological Association and Urology Care Foundation 

4:35 PM 

Composing a Successful Research Proposal 

Dolores J. Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) Weill Cornell Medical College 

5:05 PM 

Networking Reception and Tour of the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History Museum 

Tupper Stevens 
AUA Museum and Archives Manager 

6:00 PM 



7:00 PM 

Adjourn for the day 



Day Two: Friday, October 14, 2022 

7:30 AM 

Attendee Arrival (breakfast available) 


8:00 AM 

Welcome and Faculty Mentors and Participant Introductions 

Larissa Rodriguez, MD 

Weill Cornell Medicine 

8:15 AM 

Goals for Day 2 

Steven A. Kaplan, MD, FACS 

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, AUA Chair of Research 

8:30 AM 

Common Grant Writing Pitfalls 

Dolores J. Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) 

Weill Cornell Medical College 

9:00 AM 

How to Start a Lab as a Junior Faculty 

Ranjith Ramasamy, MD 

University of Miami Health System 

9:30 AM 

Importance of Social Networks and Serendipity in Scientific Discovery 

Michael Hsieh, MD. PhD 

Children’s National Hospital 

10:00 AM 

Perspectives from a Senior Investigator 

Dolores J. Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) 

10:30 AM 



10:40 AM 

Concurrent Training Tracks – Session One 



ADVANCED Grant Development Group 
Individual Meetings with Faculty Mentors 

1st floor conference room, Library, and Exhibit Room 




Advanced Group Mentees 



Dr. Rosalyn Adam 

Drs. Gessner, Wen, Kohaar 



Dr. John Gore 

Drs. Lane, Davuluri 



Dr. Michael Hsieh  

Drs. De, Doiron, Yang 



Dr. Andrew Hung 

Drs. Jiang, Friedlander 



Dr. Dolores Lamb 

Drs. Singh, Clark 



Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy 

Drs. Lundy, Uz 


EARLY Grant Development Group 





Dr. Larissa Rodriguez 



Early Stage Career Development Applying Kleiner’s Laws 

Dr. Steven Zderic 



Research Council Chair Update

Dr. Steven Kaplan 

12:10 PM 

Lunch (assigned seating by research interest with faculty) 

See sticker on back of badge  
for table assignment 

1:10 PM 

Introduction to Peer Review 

Larissa Rodriguez, MD 

Weill Cornell Medicine 

1:15 PM 

Mock Peer Review Study Section 

Dolores J. Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) 

Weill Cornell Medical College 


1) Funded K08 Application (PI redacted): 

“A Patient-Centered Approach to Integration of Life Expectancy into Treatment Decision-Making for Patients with Genitourinary Malignancy” 

Primary Reviewer: John Gore, MD, MS 

Secondary Reviewer: Rosalyn Adam, PhD 


2) NOT Funded K01 Application (PI redacted): “Mechanisms of Fatty Acid Metabolism in Prostate Differentiation and Disease” 

Primary Reviewer: Rosalyn Adam, PhD 

Secondary Reviewer: Michael Hsieh, MD, PhD 


3) Funded R01 Application (PI redacted): 
“Improving Diagnosis of Congenital Genitourinary Anomalies” 

Primary Reviewer:  
Michael Hsieh, MD, PhD 

Secondary Reviewer: John Gore, MD, MS 


Break and Transition Time 


3:30 PM 

Concurrent Training Tracks – Session Two 



ADVANCED Grant Development Group 

Independent Work Time (proposal writing and editing) 

1st floor conference room, Library, and Exhibit Room 


EARLY Grant Development Group 
Small Group Meetings with Faculty Mentors 





Early Group Mentees 


Table 1 

Dr. Rosalyn Adam  

Drs. Davaro, Patel 


Table 2 

Dr. John Gore 

Drs. Truong, Wang 


Table 3 

Dr. Michael Hsieh 

Drs. Alsyouf, Zhang 


Table 4 

Dr. Andrew Hung 

Drs. Shapiro, Sharma 


Table 5 

Dr. Dolores Lamb 

Dr. Tosoian 


Table 6 

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy 

Dr. Berends 


Table 7 

Dr. Steve Zderic 

Drs. Al-Naggar, Cai 


Table 8 

Dr. Steven Kaplan 

Drs. Mota, Weiner 


Table 9 

Dr. Larissa Rodriguez 

Drs. Abrahimi, Talwar 

5:00 PM 

Independent Work Time (Early and Advanced Groups, Specific Aims writing and editing) 

All faculty available 

5:45 PM 

Networking Dinner 


7:00 PM 

Adjourn for the day 



Day Three: Saturday, October 15, 2022 

7:30 AM 

Faculty Meeting: Briefing to prep for the day – All Faculty 

Attendee Arrival (breakfast available) 

1st Floor Conference Room 



8:00 AM 

Welcome and Goals for Day 3 

Larissa Rodriguez, MD 

Weill Cornell Medicine 

8:15 AM 

Transitioning from a K grant to an R01 as an Early-Stage Investigator 

Andrew Hung, MD 

University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus 

8:45 AM 

Selling Yourself Through Your NIH Biosketch  

Rosalyn Adam, PhD 

Boston Children’s Hospital  

9:15 AM 

Workshop/Writing Time and Prep for Presentation 

All Faculty Available 

11:10 AM 



12:10 PM 

ADVANCED Grant Development Group: Presentations of Research Proposals (5 minutes per presentation, 1 minute transition) 

Christine Riordan, PhD 
American Urological Association 

12:20 PM 

Understanding the contribution of genetic mutations in the development of lethal prostate 

Dr. Roderick Clark 

12:26 PM 

Utilization of Pelvic Floor Exercises After Prostate Cancer Treatment 

Dr. Meenakshi Davuluri 

12:32 PM 

Photonic Nanoparticles for Kidney Stone Communication 

Dr. Smita De 

12:38 PM 

A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of a Mucosal-Based Vaccine Against Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Residents of Long-Term Care Homes. 

Dr. R.Christopher Doiron 

12:44 PM 

Using mixed-methods to define surgical episodes of care: a model for specialty value transformation 

Dr. David Friedlander 

12:50 PM 

Geospatial profiling of urothelial carcinoma in situ (CIS) to decipher cancer biology and enhance therapy 

Dr. Kathryn Gessner 

12:56 PM 

Porcine Bladder Replacement with a Bilayer Silk Fibroin Enhanced Prosthetic Reservoir 

Dr. Pengbo Jiang 

1:02 PM 

Genetic Determinants of Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men 

Dr. Indu Kohaar 

1:08 PM 

Patient Tailored Decision Aid for Overactive Bladder 

Dr. Giulia Lane 

1:14 PM 

Dysbiosis of the Seminal Microbiome in Men with Vericocele 

Dr. Scott Lundy 

1:20 PM 

Targeting BCG-induced immunosuppressive myeloid-derived suppressor cells to reprogram bladder tumor microenvironment in NMIBC 

Dr. Alok Singh 

1:26 PM 

Wireless mechano-electrical stimulation of pudendal nerve using piezoelectric platform for stress urinary incontinence 

Dr. Metin Uz 

1:32 PM 

Interrogating Siglec-sialic acid axis as immune checkpoints for prostate cancer 

Dr. Ru Wen 

1:38 PM 

The Role of Randall's plaque-associated macrophages in biomineralization 

Dr. Heiko Hui Yang 

1:44 PM 

Faculty Feedback, Q&A, Closing Remarks 

Larissa Rodriguez, MD 

Weill Cornell Medicine 

2:30 PM 


Shuttles will be available to take you to BWI Airport and Amtrak Train Station. 

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Course Director

Larissa Rodriguez. MDWeill Cornell Medical College


Rosalyn Adam, PhDBoston Children's Hospital
Ellie Daniels, MD, MPHAmerican Cancer Society
John Gore, MD, MSUniversity of Washington Medical Center
Michael Hsieh, MD, PhDChildren's National and the George Washington University
Andrew Hung, MDUniversity of Southern California Health Sciences Campus
Steven Kaplan, MD, FACSIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) Weill Cornell Medical College
Susan Lim, PhDNational Cancer Institute, NIH
Theresa  Miller, PhDDoD Congressionally Directed, Medical Research Programs
W. Taylor Monson, MA American Urological Association
Ranjith Ramasamy, MDUniversity of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Tracy Rankin, PhD, MPH  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH 
Christine Riordan, PhD   American Urological Association
Marcel Salive, MD, MPHNational Institute on Aging, NIH
Eric SchwinderUS Department of Veterans Affairs
Steve  Zderic, MDThe Children's Hosp of Philadelphia

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Available Credit

  • 16.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.00 Non-Physician Participation


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