Establishing a New Clinical-Translational Research Laboratory

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Tony Wilson The first Early-Career Research Faculty Forum topic is, “Establishing a New Clinical-Translational Research Laboratory.” In other words, how do you build a new research program from the ground up? What do you prioritize? It can be complicated and daunting to establish a new laboratory. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have related to building a new laboratory and research program. Such topics may include, but are not limited to, organizing your research space, hiring employees, finding collaborators, and obtaining research funding. Additionally, you may also answer others’ questions, and/or enable further discussion related to these topics.

This forum will coincide with a speaker presentation from Dr. Tony Wilson on May 23rd, 2019 at 12pm in the MBHL Conference Room at UNMC. The presentation will also be live-streamed and recorded. Dr. Wilson is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He has served as the Director of the Center for Magnetoencephalography (MEG) since its inception, and was recently appointed as the Director of the newly-established Core for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI). Since arriving at UNMC as a new investigator 10 years ago, Dr. Wilson has obtained R01-level funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, and other national organizations. In addition, his graduate students have obtained mentored fellowship funding under his direction from the NIH. He currently maintains a laboratory with multiple research assistants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other staff members. During his presentation, Dr. Wilson will provide insight into his experience building an internationally-recognized human clinical-translational neuroimaging laboratory, and will also take questions from CTR members and the audience regarding establishing a new laboratory and research program.

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  1. Looking forward to this talk. I was wondering if you could touch on what you found to be most helpful when trying to balance and prioritize manuscripts, grant submissions, teaching, and administrative duties. Thanks!

  2. Could Dr. Wilson and others provide insight on how you have recruited graduate students and postdocs. What has worked and what has not?

  3. What influence did establishing collaborators have when starting your lab? As an early career faculty, how do you start those conversations and establish meaningful collaborations?

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