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By David Hungate

Stephen Korn, who leads several career advancement programs at the NIH for students and fellows, will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

NIH training program leader to speak at VTCRI, Carilion Clinic

The director of Training and Workforce Development at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) will discuss training the nation’s clinician scientists and NIH career development for biomedical researchers on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Roanoke.

Stephen Korn, who leads several career advancement programs at the NIH for students and fellows, will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to facilitate awareness and share current information on research and career development opportunities for graduate, medical and undergraduate students, residents, fellows, and M.D. and Ph.D. faculty.

At 7 a.m. Tuesday at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Korn will talk about opportunities for clinic and medical school faculty leaders and directors of residency and fellowship clinical programs to combine their clinical residency/fellowship training with research training, particularly the programs being supported by NIH for training in neuroscience research, to create more clinician researchers.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Korn will give a second presentation on NIH-sponsored training opportunities for Ph.D. researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, with particular emphasis on the neurosciences.

Between the two presentations, Korn will meet with Translational Biology, Medicine and Health (TBMH) and other graduate students at the VTCRI, who will deliver a series of mini-presentations on their translational biomedical dissertation research. He will also meet with faculty and program leaders.

“I have been a colleague of Dr. Korn’s for many years and have always admired his neuroscience research and his leadership,” said VTCRI Executive Director Michael Friedlander . “I was particularly interested to have him visit the VTC Health Sciences and Technology campus to have him share his vision and knowledge regarding the various NIH-supported training and career development opportunities in academic medicine for the benefit of our clinical colleagues at Carilion Clinic and our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.”

Friedlander said Korn’s visit is an important part of the growing success of the Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic partnership.

“Recently, there has been an uptick in the awarding of individual NIH supported fellowships to our students as our graduate programs in the health sciences mature,” said Friedlander, who is also Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology. “I am excited to see this type of recognition of the biomedical research of Virginia Tech students and faculty increase, and I am equally excited for us to explore the new opportunities and funding initiatives for our physician colleagues at Carilion Clinic to develop their research skills and pursue careers in academic medicine.”

Korn was a professor of physiology at the University of Connecticut prior to joining the NIH in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the NIH and at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology.

An expert on the molecular basis of ion channel gating and permeation in the nervous system, Korn leads several career advancement training programs at the NIH for students and fellows but recently has been involved in the development of programs to provide opportunities for physicians to receive intensive research training to be able to develop careers as physician scientists.