The HTRS Junior Faculty Network: "ConECCTOR"

Consortium of Early Career Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Researchers

ConECCTOR meets via live and virtual events associated with ASH, HTRS Scientific Symposium and THSNA for discussion, networking, education and social events!  

Who Should Join?

  • Junior faculty up to 7 years post-fellowship
  • Must be an HTRS Core Member to join ConECCTOR

Topics of interest include:

  • Collaborative research
  • Setting career pathways
  • Determining work/life balance
  • Leadership
  • Building an educator’s portfolio

... and much more!

Join HTRS and become a member of ConECCTOR


  • Establish and enhance communication among junior faculty/junior attendings with careers in hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Establish a network of peer mentors to provide support and advice
  • Create a forum to discuss career development, standard of care clinical practice, and research among junior faculty
  • Establish a network of senior mentors to provide education and guidance at established meetings and throughout the academic year
  • Collaborate with the HTRS Fellows Network and HTRS members to develop and retain physician investigators in hemostasis and thrombosis

Recent ConECCTOR Meeting: August 27, 2020 

HTRS thanks members for participating in our recent ConECCTOR Meeting held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM CT.

ConECCTOR hosts biannual, in-person and virtual educational meetings during national hematology conferences. These educational meetings are usually 90-120 minutes long and feature research presentations by leading experts in benign hematology, small-group round-table discussions, networking time, and group discussion of topics of importance to early-career physician-scientists. 

The AGENDA featured the following HTRS member-faculty addressing the following topics:

  • Riten Kumar, MD, MSc: "Establishing a Successful Clinical Research Career"
    • Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center; Director, Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Program
  • Madhvi Rajpurkar, MD: "How to Conduct Survey Research"
    • Purcell-Lusher Chair for Research in Pedatric Thrombosis Hemostasis; Professor of Pediatrics, Wayne State University; Division Chief of Hematology, Director of the Thrombosis Service, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • HTRS President Shannon Carpenter, MD, MS: "Navigating Academic Promotion"
    • Associate Division Director, Division of Heme/Onc/BMT; Director, Kansas City Comprehensive HTC; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City/Children's Mercy Kansas City

Participants, please respond to the follow-up survey to help guide our planning for the Pre-ASH ConECCTOR Meeting in early December 2020.  


Virtual Grant Review Workshop - August 21, 2020

Our recent HTRS ConECCTOR Grant Review Workshop was held virtually (via Zoom) on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM CT. 

Accepted applications were discussed in a small-group Zoom meeting with the participant(s) and all three of the following HTRS-member faculty:

  • Jorge Di Paola, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Vince Faustino, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, University of the Philippines College of Medicine
  • Cindy Neunert, MD, MSCS, Section Head, Pediatric Hematology, Columbia University Medical Center

Participants receive direct feedback for potential improvements to their projects/applications and have the potential for ongoing discussions with colleagues and mentors. (*Due to conflicts of interest, we cannot accept applications for HTRS MRA or ATHN/DREAM Awards.)  Accepted individuals provide grant-specific application materials and/or a description of the project and career goals in advance. Materials are reviewed by faculty in advance and discussed in the two-hour session.

This meeting was NOT an official program of THSNA.

2020-2022 ConECCTOR Co-Chairs

Lauren Amos, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of  Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Hope Pritchett Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham