Dr. Julie Bastarache is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician Scientist. Her clinical practice is at the Nashville Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital where she cares for veterans and also serves as the Medical Director of the Medical ICU. Her research interests are in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) as well as non-pulmonary organ dysfunction during sepsis and critical illness. Her research approach is reverse translational, taking observations for patients and studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms using experimental model systems. She mentors a number of trainees from undergraduates through junior faculty and oversees the KL2 Scholars as part of the CTSA. She is a standing member of the NHLBI K08/K01 study section and is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
Helen Bird, BA, crafts Edge for Scholars visual content, crystalizes branding, and spearheads outreach. As Senior Communications Specialist, she is responsible for marketing and outreach, serves as director of visual content for Edge for Scholars, managing editor of the Cutting Edge Newsletter, and oversees social media. In implementing the Doris Duke PARTNERS program, she is committed to the wellbeing of faculty participants and acts as a concierge of resources. Helen is originally from the United Kingdom and has lived in 4 countries, which helps her to think creatively and not be afraid to try new things. She has expertise in graphic design and a penchant for finding innovative new materials.Helen is an ideal contact for faculty experiencing caregiving challenges, announcing opportunities in the Cutting Edge Newsletter or on social media, and promoting Edge for Scholars locally and nationally.
Verna Wright, MGA, Healthcare Administration, is responsible for monitoring and posting information regarding grant funding opportunities, coordinating Animation Awards, Manuscript Sprints and social media Kudos for grant recipients, creating posts for social media, assisting with Flight Tracker projects, newsletter team edits, and other Edge for Scholars projects. She brings a keen eye for details, flexibility to provide seamless support and the ability to initiate and effectively implement projects. Previous experience includes supporting VUMC HR Communications with coordination of events, website updates, editing and writing submissions to MyVUMC and providing operational support to two start-up departments within VUMC’s network. Her commitment to teamwork is underscored by her willingness to work seamlessly alongside every member of the Edge for Scholars team.
Verna is an ideal contact for the Animation Awards, Manuscript Sprints, Grant Funding Opportunities Board, Edge Seminars, and kudos for award recipients.
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