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PhD Career Connections October Seminar

Posted by on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Events.

Vanderbilt PhD Career Connections is a monthly seminar series about career options for PhD scientists. Speakers from a diverse range of exciting scientific careers present their career path and share insights from their professional experiences. The series is run by VUMC PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development. Advance registration is requested for all seminars.

October’s Seminar will be held on September 30, 2011, and will feature

Dr. Chiatogu Onyewu
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, 2010-2012
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Division for the Application of Research Discoveries (DARD)

Friday, September 30, 2011
Time TBA
Location TBA

Advance registration requested at

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development

Dr. Onyewu is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the Division for the Application of Research Discoveries (DARD) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in Bethesda, MD. She supports current NHBLI efforts to develop and implement evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for adult cardiovascular disease. In addition to documenting the systematic processes and policies that govern this rigorous approach to science translation, Dr. Onyewu is also involved in the development of a new NHLBI initiative focused on reducing cardiovascular risk across the lifespan. She is particularly committed to addressing health disparities, and was recently selected as a 2011 Translational Health Disparities Course Scholar by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Dr. Onyewu previously conducted health disparities research as a United Negro College Fund/Merck (UNCF/Merck) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Center for Genetic Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. As Study Director for the Assessing Inherited Markers of Metabolic Syndrome in the Young (AIMM Young) Research Study, Dr. Onyewu worked to identify genetic risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome and related diseases among African American college students. Her research interests center around the design of unique interventions that incorporate personalized medicine approaches and foster cardiovascular disease prevention among minority young adults. She has discussed her work and the future promise of genetic testing as a guest panelist on the PBS television program, To the Contrary, and served as Co-Chair of the Medical and Health Stakeholders group for the D.C. Overweight and Obesity Action Plan. While at Children’s National, she contributed to the formation of its Obesity Institute, and worked to establish an annual symposium series. Dr. Onyewu was a Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she received her B.S. degree in Biology in 1999. She completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University in 2007, with a doctorate degree in Pharmacology.

Full list of monthly seminars and speaker bios available at the PhD Career Connections website


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