School of Medicine

Pediatrics Research


Career Development

The Department of Pediatrics values new investigators and has programs to help them develop and build their research skills.

The Pediatric Clinical and Translational (PCAT) Research Scholars Program

PCAT is an intensive two-year research training program for investigators who conduct clinical and translational research. The program is led by Director Heather Keenan, MD, MPH, PhD. The PCAT director carefully monitors the progress of each scholar providing scientific and career mentorship. They meet frequently with scholars and their mentoring teams and enable peer mentorship opportunities. The program gives scholars access to critical services including biostatistical consultation, research coordination, research database support, proposal review and editing, and grants management. Scholars receive peer mentoring through monthly PCAT seminars. They interact with basic scientists at weekly Research in Progress seminars, the annual Woman and Child Research Conference, bi-annual Pediatric Grant Writing Workshops, and K Clubs within the Division of Neonatology and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. From 2007 - 2011, the program has mentored 36 scholars and graduated 29 scholars. All graduates have received extramural funding through foundations, AHRQ, the CDC, or NIH. To date, PCAT scholars have been awarded in excess of $14 million, and 93% of those who applied for federal early career development awards (K mechanisms), have received funding. The Department of Pediatrics (One of 22 departments), now has 54% of all K awards within the School of Medicine.

PCAT requirements and the nomination process.

Director: Heather Keenan, MD,MPH,PhD
Program Contact: Rachel Morrey,, 801-587-0677

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) KL2 Program

As Co-Directors, Maureen A. Murtaugh and David Turok administer this Institutional KL2 program for clinical and translational research. This program was developed in 2008 as part of the CCTS Education Core's growth. Based upon available funding, a Call for Proposals goes out in January to department chairs and colleges within the School of Medicine. Administrators nominate their strongest candidates to go through the application process. Scholars are selected in April by the CCTS Internal Advisory Committee.

Co-Director: Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

Co-Director: David Turok, MD, MPH

Program Contact: Kim Clark,, 801-213-3757

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) K Award Development Club

The CCTS K Club provides support to investigators interested in clinical and translational, and comparative effectiveness research. K Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon in room 22 of the Eccles Health Sciences Library. Investigators, at any clinical research level are encouraged to attend and/or present their work for peer and senior faculty feedback. Faculty from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry are regular participants.

Program Contact: Lynette Holman, CCTS,