The Role of Mentorship in Research

Mentoring is widely recognized as a critical pillar in the development of researchers, but significant challenges exist in clinical and translational science. This presentation will discuss some of these challenges, how they are being addressed in different academic settings across the country, and how institutions in Delaware are working together to develop infrastructure and programs to support mentoring relationships that help investigators reach their full potential.

Dr. Akins is a Principal Scientist, Director of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Research and Development, and Head of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Research at Nemours. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Materials Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Akins currently serves as the Program Director for the ACCEL Mentoring, Education, and Career Development Core and as the Director of Research for the Delaware INBRE. In these roles, Dr. Akins facilitates the development of externally-funded, translational-research programs and works to implement mentoring programs, training opportunities, and collaborative research among clinical and translational investigators across Delaware.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the Value Institute Events page or the ACCEL website, or subscribe to the ID Series mailing list.

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  • Robert Akins, PhD