Professional Development Core

The Professional Development Core equips early-career health researchers in Rhode Island with the resources and training they need to build competitive research programs that improve population health in our state.

In addition to providing essential training and funding opportunities, the Core is also developing new strategic, infrastructure to expand the tool set that investigators have available to build successful, independent research careers. 

Core Leadership

  • Methodius Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA

    Methodius Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA

    Co-Lead, Advance RI-CTR Professional Development Core, Chace-Joukowsky Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital
  • Dr. Audra Van Wart

    Audra Van Wart, PhD

    Co-Lead, Advance RI-CTR Professional Development Core, Director of University Postdoctoral Affairs, Brown University, Associate Dean for Training and Program Development, Division of Biology and Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medical Science, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Specific Aims

  1. Provide funding mechanisms and enhance essential clinical and translational competencies to promote equity and competitiveness of the RI investigator community.
    • Support junior faculty through 2-year Mentored Research Awards
    • Offer Grant Resubmission Awards
    • Coordinate a monthly seminar series, featuring CTR work of MRA and Pilot Project awardees
    • Provide training in entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Provide training and experiences in team science and community-engaged research
    • Provide education and certification in essential regulatory and human subjects topics
  1. Position junior investigators to secure grant funding and achieve independence.
    • Further develop the Advance-K program
    • Create the Advance-R program
    • Offer annual grant-writing workshops
  2. Expand the dissemination of best practices in mentoring.
    • Build capacity and sustainability of Advance RI-CTR mentoring training
    • Develop resources that support mentoring excellence and build mentoring community