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Dr. Nielson appointed Associate Scientific Advisor to the Science Translational Medicine journal

Dr. NielsonCarrie Nielson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has received an appointment as Associate Scientific Advisor to the Science Translational Medicine journal.

The journal started the Associate Advisor program in 2009 to bring together a small group of outstanding early-career scientists who act as research advisors and highlight important translational research findings. Each advisor will have 10-12 of their articles appear in the journal over the next year. The mission of Science Translational Medicine is to promote human health by providing a forum for communication and cross-fertilization among basic, translational, and clinical research practitioners and trainees from all relevant established and emerging disciplines.

Being selected as an advisor is an important honor and opportunity to build connections with other translational scientists who are in the early stages of their careers. Cindy Morris, PhD, MPH, Director of the OCTRI’s Education program and Vice Chair of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, helped develop the associate advisor program. She notes, “The associate advisor program is unique in that it gives early-career scientists the opportunity to identify areas of compelling translational medicine and to produce commentary on those topics. The advisors are chosen based on demonstrated ability to engage in translational science, and most of the advisors already have an impressive record with multidisciplinary, team science.”

Dr. Nielson specializes in population-based epidemiologic studies. She received a BIRCWH career development award to study the genetic control of osteoporosis in aging women. Her research focuses on translating genetic associations with skeletal phenotypes discovered in mouse models into human populations. Dr. Nielson joins Melissa Nyendak, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, on the current panel of advisors.

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