Early Investigators

Erica Lawson, MD
Kaveh Ardalan, MD, MS
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Vice Chair
Sabrina Gmuca, MD, MSCE
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Committee Description/Overview

The CARRA Early Investigator Committee aims to promote and support Early Investigators as they launch their careers, with a focus on academic success. Early investigators include pediatric rheumatology fellows and pediatric rheumatologists who completed fellowship in the past seven years. We hope to build a network of early investigators to sustain CARRA’s future research base and support leadership development.


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Additional Current Content

CARRA funds up to 2 travel awards for Early Investigators and/or fellows to attend PReS annually, including the pre-conference Young Investigator Meeting (YIM). This opportunity is open to all CARRA US and Canadian Early Investigators and fellow members. This is an outstanding meeting and a great chance to present your work and network. Several CARRA early investigators attended the PReS Young Investigator Meeting in Lisbon in September 2018, where EIs presented their research, and the EI Chairs presented on CARRA and the role of the EI Committee. We are looking forward to our next YIM at the joint PReS/EULAR conference in Madrid in June 2019.

The Early Investigator Committee conducted a needs assessment survey of the EI membership in Fall 2018. We are using this data to guide the creation of new programs to support EI success. We are planning a Research Development Program for grant-writing support and a Writing Accountability Group to help busy EIs stay focused on the papers they want to write. We are also in the process of compiling a comprehensive CARRA membership directory, which will help EIs to identify potential research mentors and peer collaborators. Stay tuned for further details.