Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Early Career Development Resources

Early Career

The FGTB Early Career Committee aims to foster the development of trainees and early career professionals in the field of functional genomics and translational biology, including research scientists and clinicians. Our goal is to promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities and to provide information to those members of our council.

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Members of the FGTB Early Career Committee play an intergral role in furthering the mission of the FGTB Council by planning early career sessions, delveloping a mentoring program and fostering collaboration via the FGTB Council Group on the AHA Professional Online Network (PON).
 

Current Members
Full Early Career Committee Listing
 
Purpose:
 

To involve trainees / postdoctoral students / recently trained individuals in FGTB council activities. To expand the diversity of the council.  To identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other Council committees
 

Number of Members:
 The Committee shall be comprised of one or more advisors, including the Immediate Past Chair of the Council, and up to 9 members, one of whom will be Chair. The other advisor will be an active senior participant in the FGTB Council. The Chair will be selected by Council leadership.
 
Reports to: 
 Council Chair and Leadership Committee
 
Method of Appointment:
 Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by a small task force from the Leadership committee.  The finalists of the previous year’s Young Investigator Award competition will be considered.
 
Term of Office:
 

Members shall serve two-year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.  Terms shall be staggered for continuity. 
 

Frequency of Meetings:
 

The Committee shall meet via teleconference 1-2 times per year. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of 1-3 hours per month.  Special projects may require additional time.
 

Beneftis of Participation:
 
  • Become familiar with AHA Leadership structure and activities of the Council at an early career stage
  • Develop a credential for career advancement
  • Network with peers.
Staffed by: 
 

AHA Science & Medicine Advisor and AHA Council Manager
 

Responsibilities: 
 

Chairperson’s Responsibilities:

 
  • Attend Leadership Committee meetings and present Committee report at Spring and Fall Conference meetings.
  • Oversee committee.
  • Work with AHA staff to set meeting dates and times.
  • Lead discussions at meetings and monitor activities.
  • Review minutes of Committee meetings.
  • Work with Committee and AHA staff to develop an annual plan and budget and to oversee projects. 
  • Assign responsibilities as needed.
  • Assist in selection of committee members
Committee Responsibilities:
 
  • Serve on other AHA FGTB Council Committees
  • Liaison as needed to other AHA Councils’ committees
  • Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:
  • Develop a website within the main council page devoted to trainee issues
  • Mentoring trainees
  • Create a reading list of seminal papers of interest to trainees
  • Early career development support
The FGTB Council makes a number of awards available to early career researchers, including the Young Investigator Award, presented annually at AHA scientific session, as well as a number of travel awards to attend scientific sessions.

FGTB Awards, Lectures and Scholarships

In 2013 the FGTB ECC launched an online education initiative, aiming to provide online learning resources on FGTB topics.

A sampling of the available topics are listed below.

Visit the FGTB Online Education Series on the Professional Online Network for the full series.

Introduction to FGTB
 
  • Basic Concepts in Functional Genomics and Translational Biology
    Siddharth Prakash (2012)
  • Applying High-Throughput Techniques to Different Research Fields
    Jane Ferguson (2012)
  • A Primer on Genomics
    Renate Schnabel (2011)
  • Proteomics
    Giulio Agnetti (2011)
Coming Soon
  • Going from Association to Causation
    Kiran Musunuru (2012)
  • How to Use Publicly Available Web-Based Genomics Resources
     Andrew Johnson (2012)
  • Transcriptomics
     Andreas Barth (2011)
  • Metabolomics
    Manuel Mayr (2011)
Advice from the Experts 
 
  • Writing a Genetics Grant Top 10 Tips
    Emelia Benjamin (2012)
  • How to Formulate your Clinical Questions into Research Ideas
    Daniel Rader (2011)
  • How Do Clinicians and Basic Scientists Connect for Translational Research
    Donna Arnett (2011)
  • How to Get Involved with Genetics Consortia
    Ramachandran Vasan (2011)
  
For interviews and features, check out the FGTB Podcast Series, led by Dr. John Ryan.


National Meetings of Special Interest

ATVB Scientific Sessions

Annual Meeting of the ATVB council with top tier vascular research and special sessions aimed to foster the success of early career members.  Immediately follows the SVS Research Initiatives conference.

When and Where

Location:
Toronto, Ontario

Conference Dates:
May 1-3, 2014


Scientific Sessions

Comprehensive national meeting of cardiac and vascular diseases.

When and Where

Nov 15-19, 2014
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL


 The FGTB Early Career Committee has dedicated sessions on Early Career Day -- the Saturday of AHA Scientific Sessions -- aimed at young investigators. Check out this year’s Early Career Day Programming for full details.

Overview  
The FGTB Mentoring Program focuses on reaching out to Early Career healthcare professionals who are members of the FGTB Council.  The FGTB Council is committed to advancing the careers of all early career scientists, and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Visit the FGTB Mentoring Program section for full program details and sign up today.

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