News and Congratulations
Congratulations to CTSC KL2 Scholar Melissa Frey, MD, on her recent acceptance of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation / Gynecologic Oncology Group (AAOGF/GOG) Career Development Award. Her award is based on her research with the KL2 grant and is entitled “Randomized control trial of facilitated cascade testing for BRCA 1/2 mutations.” This award will fund her research for 3 years and total 360,000 in funds. Her mentoring team will include her KL2 primary mentor Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine; as well as co-mentors Monika Safford, MD, John J. Kuiper Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Steven Lipkin, MD, PhD, Professor of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Dr. Frey started her research with the CTSC in the fall of 2020, when she was awarded the KL2 Scholar Award on “Long-term quality of life and health-related outcomes of cascade genetic testing.” Her research focuses on genetic material in genes including BRCA1/2 and ensuring patients with mutations have access to risk-reducing interventions. The study aims to evaluate the long-term psychosocial impact of genetic testing and utilization of cancer preventative services. Her KL2 mentoring team includes Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Karla V. Ballman, PhD, Chief, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Weill Cornell Medicine; and Alvin Mushlin, MD, SCM, Professor of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine.
Dr. Melissa Frey is currently an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine.
The CTSC KL2 Career Development Core Program supports junior faculty and senior residents and fellows by providing salary support, protected time, advanced degree training, and practical skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary Clinical Translational Investigation within a team research environment.