Assistant Professor Alicia Au, MD, has been awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (known as a K23 award) from the National Institutes for Health for her pediatric neurological morbidity research. Entitled “Mixed Graphical Models for the Prediction of Neurological Morbidity in the PICU,” this exciting research stands to revolutionize the field of pediatric critical care by identifying ICU-related neurological vulnerability and preventing ICU-acquired neurological morbidity. She will use an approach that combines big data, biomarkers, and machine learning.
Dr. Au’s mentors include Robert Clark, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Pediatric Critical Care in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Takis Benos, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Au received her MD from Jefferson Medical College and did a pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center. She then moved to Pittsburgh to undertake a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Children's Hospsital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and most recently was a T32 Scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research where she studied neurointensive care and resuscitation research. She also holds an MS in Clinical Research from the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh.
The K23 award provides support for the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. The K23 provides support for a three-year minimum up to five-year period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators.