Georgia CTSA MSCR Graduate Recognized for Excellence in Scientific Research

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Congratulations to Sara Auld, MD, MSc, who received the Albert E. Levy Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, junior faculty at Emory University. “I am so grateful for the wonderful colleagues and mentors I have had the pleasure of working with over the last several years,” says Dr. Auld. “As the saying goes, ‘chance favors the prepared,’ and my MSCR training allowed me to be prepared to respond quickly to the research needs during the early COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Auld joined Emory as a Fellow in 2013. She graduated from the Georgia CTSA Master of Science in Clinical Research program in 2017 and became an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; she holds a joint appointment at Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.

As a clinician-scientist, her research interests have focused on clinical epidemiology and transmission of tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant TB, as well as TB and HIV co-infection.

In spring 2020, Auld focused her attention on COVID-19. One paper published in Critical Care Medicine determined mortality rates among critically ill adults with COVID-19 from March 6, 2020, to April 17, 2020, across six COVID-designated ICUs at three Emory Healthcare acute-care hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia. The article garnered numerous citations and informed clinical care in the ICU.

She was able to quickly collect, analyze and share data on the outstanding care provided in Emory’s ICUs. She has published 15 papers on COVID-19 while still maintaining an active and prolific research program on HIV and TB.

Auld is an exemplary researcher who stepped up when the world shut down not only to help patients directly but also through her research and publications.

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The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program, in the Laney Graduate School at Emory University, provides innovative didactic and mentored research training to those interested in pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The MSCR degree is designed for predoctoral, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty from Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and UGA.

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) is a statewide partnership between Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech, and UGA and is one of over 60 in a national consortium striving to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Awards, shares a common vision to translate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train the next generation of clinical investigators. For more information, visit GeorgiaCTSA.org.

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CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce
Goal 2: Engage Patients and Communities in Every Phase of the Translational Process