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Faculty Career Development Series

Career Development Series

The ITHS Career Development Series consist of monthly lectures and workshops designed to provide junior faculty and investigators with tools, a forum for discussion, and learning opportunities to help advance their careers.


Topics are selected based on an annual needs assessment.

Example topics include:

  • How to Write an NIH K Award
  • Making the Most of your Mentor Relationship
  • Mastering Public Speaking as a Researcher
  • Communicating your Findings Visually
  • What really happens in an NIH Study Review

Where can I find a CDS event?

ITHS partners with several UW campus and WWAMI regional partners to ensure we reach and engage the translational workforce with each series. CDS events occur across the main UW campus, in the UW Medicine South Lake Union building, and are often captured on video and edited for online distribution to our regional partners. Many of our offerings are also broadcast live as webinars to allow for flexible viewing opportunities. Check out the calendar for specific upcoming event topics and locations.

Upcoming and Past Events

Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine: A Multi-faceted Approach @ On-Line Event
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


This session is designed to help translate ideas into successful business models. Scientists may be good at developing pharmaceuticals and medical devices but seldom understand the importance of the fit between what they offer and what is actually needed. We will visualize, design and test whether new clinical approaches will actually solve problems. Once ready for the “pitch”, we will transfer our attention toward the Small Business Innovations in Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs offered by several Federal agencies that offer competitive access to non-dilutive funding.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Understand the connection between a value proposition and customer segments
  2. Describe the nine elements of successful business model
  3. Test some hypothetical hypotheses on each other – “Get out of the building!”
  4. Obtain a general understanding of the SBIR/STTR programs

Schedule of Activities

  • 12:00-12:05pm – Welcome and Introductions
  • 12:05-1:05pm – Presentation
  • 1:05-1:25pm – Q&A
  • 1:25-1:30pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

About the Speaker

Robert “Trey” H. Coker, PhD, FACSM, FTOS is a Professor of Biology; Clinical Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Coker also serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Participant Clinical Interactions Network, and he is a member of the Regional Executive Committee and Scientific Success Committee affiliated with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Dr. Coker is a recognized expert in diabetes, obesity, sarcopenia and metabolic disease. Affiliated with funding from seven SBIR/STTR grants, Dr. Coker has served as a managing partner and/or senior scientist for three start-up companies in clinical nutrition. He has recently been inducted into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame for these efforts. He is also a certified instructor for the Lean LaunchPad methodology and Hacking for Defense.

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