Announcing our 2022 KL2 Scholars!

Three scholars have been chosen to receive the 2022-2024 KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

August 1, 2023

The CTSI KL2 Mentored Career Development Award provides two years of support for early-career faculty from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health involved in translational research to expand their skills and competencies under the guidance of an experienced, multi-disciplinary mentoring team, within the context of a learning healthcare system and rapidly evolving academic research environment.   

Congratulations to each of our 2022-2024 Awardees!

Halley Alexander, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Dr. Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Neurology with subspecialty in epilepsy whose main research focus is to improve treatment options for people with epilepsy, with special attention to epilepsy-associated comorbidities.

"A Feasibility Study of a Step-Goal Based Physical Activity Intervention in People with Epilepsy"

This KL2 project aims to test the feasibility of a telehealth-delivered, step-goal based physical activity intervention in people with epilepsy utilizing wearable devices, with an emphasis on sustainable behavior change.

Sarah Cilvik, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatology

Dr. Cilvik is a board-certified Neonatologist and physician scientist with a passion for research in maternal-fetal physiology and how adverse perinatal exposures affect chronic disease development in offspring (i.e. developmental origins of health and disease).

"Investigation of Placental Dysfunction in Nonhuman Primate Pregnancies at Advanced Maternal Age: A Pilot Study

This research project will investigate how advanced maternal age affects placental blood flow and pregnancy outcomes in nonhuman primates.  

Bailey Fearing, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute

Bailey Fearing, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health’s Musculoskeletal Institute, where she conducts research in basic and translational science of musculoskeletal pathologies.

"Efficacy of Coating Strategies to Reduce Orthopaedic Implant-Related Infections"

Despite improved surgical techniques and prophylactic procedures, orthopaedic implant-associated infections remain high with complications that can lead to devastating patient outcomes. This project will be the first to study human host cell interaction with physician-directed coatings and establish a time course for use of implant coatings.

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