Perinatal Research Society's Young Investigator Workshop Prepares the Next Generation of Investigators.
Sustaining impactful research within the field of perinatal biology requires training and retention of the next generations of physician-scientists and basic-scientists. Professional societies such as the Perinatal Research Society (PRS) have a unique role to play in training and retention of perinatal biologists. Here we report outcomes for an innovative Young Investigator Training Workshop created for the PRS. The PRS Workshop uses immersive, active-writing, and active-oral presentation design, with one-on-one feedback from NIH-funded faculty-mentors drawn from the PRS membership. Young investigator data were collected by anonymous surveys of young investigators, NIH RePORTER, and individual young investigator follow-up. Ninety-seven young investigators attended the Workshops over the period 2013-2018. Young investigators were physician- (73%) and PhD- (27%) scientists at the rank of clinical fellow/postdoctoral fellow (27%) or instructor/assistant professor (73%). Participation by underrepresented minority (URM) young investigators was 14%. Young investigators received NIH and non-NIH funding, with 80% of young investigators receiving new funding since the Workshop that they attended. NIH funding was received by 31% of young investigators in the form of K-series awards, R01 equivalents, and other NIH awards. In conclusion, our PRS young investigator Workshop serves as a model to facilitate training of emerging physician- and basic-scientists by scientific societies.
Career development; Perinatal research; Physician-scientists; Research funding
Joss-Moore LA, Lane RH, Rozance PJ, Bird I, Albertine KH. Perinatal Research Society's Young Investigator Workshop Prepares the Next Generation of Investigators. Reprod Sci. 2022;29(4):1271-1277. doi:10.1007/s43032-021-00836-4