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How to be # 1. Charles van der Horst, MD Professor of Medicine University of North Carolina Visiting Professor Wits University Johannesburg. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Chinese Proverb. Early. 1982-1985 ID Fellowship Virology Lab

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how to be 1

How to be # 1

Charles van der Horst, MD

Professor of Medicine

University of North Carolina

Visiting Professor

Wits University

Johannesburg

early

Early

1982-1985 ID Fellowship Virology Lab

1985-1986 Faculty app’t Duke Lab

1986-1988 NIAID Contract ACTUs

1988-2001PI UNC ACTU

2001-2012 Malawi, South Africa

2012-2022 ????

10 ways to be 1
10 Ways to be # 1
  • Articulate a vision
  • Preach from the top
  • Brag
  • Get rid of deadwood
  • Find the best, the brightest, the hungriest
  • Tear down the barriers
  • Prime the pump
  • Teach them to write
  • Be a team player
  • Listen, learn, don’t give up
1 articulate a vision
# 1 Articulate a vision
  • What are your goals?
  • What areas do you want to focus on?
  • What is your 1 year, 5 year, 10 year plans?
  • Where does research fit into your other priorities (clinical, civic)?
  • What is local? What international?
  • How can you get there?
2 preach from the top
# 2 Preach from the top
  • Your President, Chancellor, Provost, Hospital CEO and CFO, and Deans have to be on message!
  • They have to buy in to your vision statement
  • They have to provide access to donors
  • They have to provide access to indirect costs and clinical income
3 brag
# 3 Brag
  • Create a brand and write a story
  • Advisory Boards
    • Legislators
    • Donors
    • Advocacy groups
  • Facebook, web
  • Learn what the faculty in your university are doing and brag about it
    • Research days for trainees and students
    • Prizes for junior faculty and students
4 get rid of the deadwood
# 4 Get rid of the deadwood
  • Are they writing peer reviewed papers?
  • Are they obtaining grants?
  • Are they using the bench space allotted to them?

No Fire them

5 hire the best and the brightest
# 5 Hire the Best and the Brightest
  • Hire young hungry faculty who can write and work in your focus areas
    • Abstracts without papers is a bad sign
    • Gaps without writing papers is a bad sign
    • No grants in years is a bad sign
    • Ask for a full CV and an NIH Biosketch
  • Hire mid-level faculty with track record of grants to create new areas for focus
    • Don’t forget the spouses!
6 tear down the barriers
#6 Tear Down the Barriers
  • Clinical duties
  • Teaching duties
  • Space
  • Create listserv and send out all Funding Opportunity Announcements
  • Mentoring groups (Thesis committees)
  • Have grant writing support people
    • Budgets, biosketches, other support pages
    • Outlines for grants and budget justification
    • Health sciences librarian
grant opportunities
Grant Opportunities
  • NIH www.nih.gov
  • CDC www.cdc.gov
  • Wellcome Trust www.wellcome.ac.uk
  • USAID www.usaid.gov
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation www.pedaids.org
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation www.ddcf.org
  • European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership www.edctp.org
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Tibotec)
7 prime the pump
# 7 Prime the Pump
  • Small grants $10,000-$20,000 for 1 year
  • Biostatistics and epidemiology consultations
8 learn to write
# 8 Learn to write
  • K30 year long grant writing seminar
  • How to write a manuscript workshop
    • Start with an outline
    • Read out loud
  • How to write a grant workshop
    • Read the FOA (include review criteria)
    • Make an outline
    • Start with specific aims
slide14

References on Writing

The Craft of Scientific Writing” by Michael Alley, 3rd Edition, Springer Verlag1996

Reese and Woods “The Craft of Scientific Writing” Michigan State University 2002

Matthews, Bowen & Matthews. Successful Scientific Writing. A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. Cambridge University Press, 1996

Gopen& Swan. The science of scientific writing. American Scientist. 1990; 78:550-8.

9 be a team player
# 9 Be a team player
  • Create working groups in your focus areas
    • Epidemiologist, clinicians, laboratory scientists, social scientists
    • Include trainees, young faculty and senior faculty
  • Create spaces for networking-coffee shop, atriums
  • Don’t promote mean people
  • Make friends at meetings
10 listen learn but be brave and don t take no for an answer
# 10 Listen, Learn; But Be Brave and Don’t Take No for an Answer
  • Don’t be arrogant
  • Respond to reviewers and reviews
  • Ask for advice
    • CDC and NIH project officers
    • Colleagues
    • Outside experts
  • Send papers (outlines) and grants (specific aims) for review by friends
funding provided by
Funding Provided by
  • National Institutes of Health
    • ACTG, CFAR, ICORTA-TB/AIDS, Fogarty Global Health Fellows, NIDA
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (The BAN Study)
  • USAID (Safeguard the Family)