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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.

Click here to watch past seminar recordings.

Upcoming and Past Events

How to Prepare for your Biostats Consult: Tips, Tricks and What to Expect @ Online Event
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


How early is too early to contact your biostatistician? We would say it is never too early! In this session, we will go over some of the basics of what a biostatistician can help you with, what should be prepared beforehand, what to expect during your first consultation, general guidelines for timelines, and some frequently asked questions that you may run into along the way. After this presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about biostatistical consultations within ITHS and across other ITHS-affiliated institutions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. List at least two study/research characteristics that a (bio)statistican will need to know about for any consultation
  2. Identify two tasks that may need to be completed before an initial consultation
  3. Describe the collaborative nature of the scientist-statistician relationship

Schedule of Activities

12:00-12:05pm – Welcome and Introduction
12:05-1:29pm – Presentation and Discussion
1:29-1:30pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

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About the Speakers

Anna Faino is the manager of biostatisticians at Seattle Children’s Core for Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Analytics in Research (BEAR), and is a member of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) consulting service within ITHS. Anna has an educational background in biostatistics, mathematics and psychology. She has extensive experience with risk prediction modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and causal inference. Her areas of expertise and interest include biomarkers of disease progression, registry-based analyses, propensity modeling, time to event outcomes, and pre-award grant support. She works closely with the Pulmonary medicine department on several Cystic Fibrosis research projects.

Greta M. Linse, MS, is the Interim Director for Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS) at Montana State University. Greta has been a biostatistician for over 15 years and has worked in statistical consulting for over 5 years. As the interim director Greta supervises a team of staff statisticians, as well as PhD and Master’s level graduate research assistants. In addition to directing SCRS, Greta is the lead on several projects ranging from clinical trials, pre-post intervention survey data, agricultural experiments, and genomic data analysis. After graduating with Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from Montana State University, she worked as a biostatistician and Director of Services at Golden Helix, Inc until 2016 when she returned to Montana State University.

Susanne May is a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington (UW) and Director of the UW Clinical Trials Center. She has close to thirty years of experience providing statistical support for health research projects. She has taught many classes that cover a variety of biostatistical concepts. She is a co-author on two biostatistical textbooks that aim to relay statistical concepts to statistical as well as non-statistical audiences. She has collaborated on studies and trials that range in size from about 20 participants to over 100,000 participants. She has collaborated on a large number of grant proposals ranging in preparation time from days to years.


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Introduction to the Team Science Seminar Series 2023-2024: Teamwork and Collaboration @ Online Event
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Welcome to ITHS’s 2023-2024 Team Science Seminar Series. This 10-part series will be held on the first Thursday of every month from 12–1 pm PT. Participants who attend 80% (8 out of the 10) of the seminars will receive a certificate of completion provided by the ITHS Team Science program.

The Seminar Series has been developed to cultivate the next generation of translational team scientists and leaders through Team Science education, training, and leadership development. Participation in this series will support the acquisition of individual team science competencies that will help guide and shape current and future collaborations and relationships across disciplines. Using feedback from 2022-2023 Team Science Seminar Series’ participants and a consultant, we have enhanced our content and approach. We look forward to engaging with you in Year 2 of our Team Science Seminar Series.

This session is the first talk for the 2023-2024 Team Science Seminar Series. We will discuss the rationale for why team science is important and how it relates to your work and research.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the goals and approach of the new Team Science Seminar Series.
  2. Discuss the benefits and challenges of teamwork in various contexts.
  3. Identify skills needed to collaborate effectively.
  4. Discuss the recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on facilitating interdisciplinary research and education

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About the Speaker

Brenda ZierlerBrenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics in the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing. Dr. Zierler conducts interdisciplinary research that advances the fields of interprofessional collaborative practice, team science, implementation science, and quality improvement to improve team and patient outcomes. Dr. Zierler teaches Team Science and Leadership in the PhD program and Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Informatics in the undergraduate nursing program. Her primary appointment is in the UW School of Nursing but she holds three adjunct appointments – two in the UW School of Medicine (Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery & Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education) and one in the UW School of Public Health (Department of Health Systems and Population Health).

Dr. Zierler is co-lead of the Team Science Core for UW’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences (CTSA). She is the Director of Research and Training for the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research.  She is a past member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education.


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